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UITS News for June 4, 2014

Beware of phishing scams: Nobody wants to get duped

1. Beware of phishing scams: Nobody wants to get duped

Did you get an email that looked like it came from UITS? Did it say something about updating your email and ask you to validate your login through an included link? Was it littered with cringe-worthy grammatical errors?

Don't click on that link. It's a phishing scam. Real UITS professionals don't need your login credentials -- ever -- and they know how to spell.

The impostors sending these nefarious notes want your login credentials so they can do anything you can do. This includes rerouting your paycheck to their bank account and stealing your identity.

Always remember: IU will never ask for your passphrase or login credentials via email or over the phone.

If you get an email that looks like it came from IU and it's asking for that information, report it immediately to the University Information Policy Office ( or contact the Support Center. Also, please be sure to include the full email headers. Learn how >>

Learn more about phishing >>

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2. Submit proposals for Statewide IT 2014 by June 6

Friday, June 6 is the deadline for submitting proposals to lead 30- or 60-minute breakout sessions and breakfast topic tables at this year's Statewide IT Conference. Unlike previous years, we will not extend this deadline.

To submit a proposal, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the EasyChair Conference System >>
  2. Create an account
  3. Select "New Submission"
  4. Follow the prompts

EasyChair is secure, easy to use, and available 24/7. If you need help turning your ideas into a submission, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at We hope to hear from you soon!

Learn more about Statewide IT >>

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3. How it's done: Setting up a Box group account for team and project work

Did you know you don't have to use your personal Box account to store team or project work? Box has group accounts. They’ll keep you from maxing out your storage limits as quickly, and they also make life easier on your team if you transition off a project. The Knowledge Base has all the details.

Learn more about who can create a Box group account >>

Learn how to transfer content ownership to a Box group account >>

See which types of data you can store in Box, and which types you can't >>

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4. When to use Access and when to use Excel

UITS IT Training is offering a webinar on when to use Excel and when to use Access when keeping track of data. Bring questions about the data you need to track.

See complete description and register >>

UITS IT Training is also offering a webinar about maximizing the visual impact of data for presentations.

See complete description and register >>

Questions? Contact UITS IT Training.
(812) 855-7383 or (317) 274-7383

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5. Harness the power of GPUs: Introduction to GPGPU programming

Reach a new level in parallel computing this June with Guido Juckeland from the Universität Dresden as your expert guide.

GPU summer school participants will:

  • Learn the basic principles of parallel computing
  • Avoid pitfalls common to parallelism
  • Speed up research with shorter runtimes and higher throughput
  • Take advantage of CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture) and Open ACC (Open Accelerators)

Classes run June 16-20 from 11am to 4pm at the Innovation Center at IU Bloomington.

Presented in partnership with the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering

Learn more and register >>

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6. InCNTRE co-hosts first international PlugFest

The Beijing Internet Institute joined the Indiana Center for Network Translational Research (InCNTRE) to host the first international PlugFest this May. PlugFests are held every six months, and help network engineers ensure that software-defined networking (SDN) protocols work with vendor products. Protocols like OpenFlow were developed to simplify networking, and IU was one of the first universities to deploy it on a network. We remain the leading facility for third party interoperability testing and training to advance development and commercial adoption of SDN technologies.

Learn more >>

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