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UTC Windows Offline Updater

The WSUS offline updater allows for “batch patching” of a Windows OS and Microsoft Office.  If you need to patch a fresh install of Windows, or update an PC that has been offline for a while, please review this document.

Phishing Warning: “New Account Look”

If you receive an email from “” or the Maintenance department, please just delete it.

GPS Bullets

“It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie – GPS bullets that can track the location of a suspect’s car.”  BBC

Beware of CryptoLocker

The next generation of ransomware is very dangerous.  Once you are infected, the only choice is to pay the ransom unless you have good backups.  Edit: There may be a way to restore some files.

You should create recovery media for your OS.

It’s a good idea to create some restore media for your OS to supplement your backup strategy (you are backing up, correct?).  Apple has Recovery Disk Assistant while Windows (8.1, 8.0, 7.0)has its own method.  Some manufacturers also have recovery disk options but you’ll have to search Google for your model.

Windows 8.1 is here

The WinSuperSite has a guide on how to upgrade.  Make sure to create restore media before the upgrade.

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Please read this message from Dr. Joe DiPietro, President, University of Tennessee regarding the challenges we face to maintain data security in the higher education environment:  Click here for full text of  Dr. DiPietro’s message.

UTC network supports highest ever student, faculty, and staff demand for internet bandwidth

As many know, Apple released iOS 7 today at 1pm eastern. Due to the popularity of Apple devices, many organizations saw an enormous spike in internet traffic. UTC was no exception. At UTC users are required to register their devices before being able to access the internet on campus. This gives us the ability to see exactly what types of devices are being used by students, faculty, and staff.

Results of Android Malware Protection Testing

A list of AV products for Android and how well they protect.

Apple Announces a Trade-in Program For Third-Party Chargers

you can trade in your third-party adapter and purchase an official Apple charger at a ‘special price’ — $10 USD