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UB Tech Squad, the mobile team that solves student tech problems for free anywhere on campus, is now based out of the UBIT Help Center in the 2 floor Lockwood Cybrary—but students can still book an appointment online anytime at

A new web-based system combines technology, research and predictive analytics to identify and prioritize students who are struggling, in order to help them get on track and Finish in Four.

In July 2017, customers using RSA SecurID for Mac, a VPN authentication tool, reported problems being prompted to select a device where the token will be stored. To avoid problems, upgrade now to SecurID 4.1.2.
UBbox offers unlimited, secure storage to UB students, faculty and staff from any device. Now with Box Drive for Windows or Mac, you can manage all your files from your desktop—without using any hard drive space.
In June 2017, Cisco alerted customers of a vulnerability in their AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software for Windows, which could result in local cyberattacks. Download and install the latest version from the UBIT website to stay safe.
MATLAB is incredibly powerful software for mathematical computation, algorithm development, data analysis and visualization and more. And it’s free for everyone at UB.
Access academic software free from your computer any time, wherever you are, with My Virtual Computing Lab. It’s available for all UB students, faculty, and staff.
MS Excel is free and included with Microsoft Office for UB students, faculty, and staff. So, what can it do for you?

A new web-based system combines technology, research and predictive analytics to identify and prioritize students who are struggling, in order to help them get on track and Finish in Four.


Outfitted with innovative new technology-enhanced spaces, UB's "Heart of the Campus"—which UBIT helped design and implement—has become the premier study location on UB’s North Campus.


You didn’t already buy MS Office…did you? UB is pleased to offer students, faculty and staff Microsoft Office and many more titles FREE through UBIT’s website.   


Students with the School of Management can now take advantage of upgraded breakout study rooms in Alfiero.


The latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection is now available to download at no cost from UBIT’s website. You will want to update it as soon as possible to correct security risks present in older versions.


Every summer and winter, UB Information Technology is hard at work installing software updates and making configuration changes with minimal impact to the university.


Path Finder is a web-based interface created to help UB students select general education courses. This new system will track student transcripts and allow academic advisors to track transferred credits and courses that the student must take before graduation.


UB’s Data Center Management Team (DCMT) has made huge strides in increasing long-term security and self-sufficiency by switching from Aperture VISTA, a discontinued third party solution, to OpenDCIM, an open-source solution for data center infrastructure management.


My Virtual Computing Lab, which offers remote access to UB-licensed academic software like MS Office, MATLAB and MS Visual Studio, is now easier to use. UB faculty, staff and students can now access MyVCL via Remote App using a Web browser: just run or install Microsoft Remote Desktop.


UB is comprised of many departments operating in unique ways. But there is a common goal across every department: keeping information secure. To accomplish this, UB’s Information Security Office now provides an on-demand scanning tool to assist each school or department understand its potential vulnerabilities.  


Running QuickTime on your Windows machine? UBIT recommends that you uninstall it, as cybersecurity experts discovered two bugs that can leave your machine vulnerable to hackers and viruses. As of April 19, 2016, Apple is no longer supporting or updating QuickTime for Windows.  


Adobe has released an emergency patch for its Flash Player to fix a critical vulnerability that was exposed by hackers. If successfully exploited, it could cause devices to crash and allow remote attackers to take control of the affected system.  


UB students: when you first toured UB, were you overwhelmed with the size of the university? A group of energetic students may have a solution! In an attempt to create a unique virtual campus, students from all disciplines, inside and outside of UB, are invited to start recreating UB’s campus in Minecraft in a April 23 build-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union lobby. Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and registration.

As of April 15, 2016, SUNY business systems will only work on updated Web browsers, such as Chrome 33, Firefox 34, and Internet Explorer 11 and higher in order to keep your personal information safe. 

To guarantee that UB students, faculty, and staff have convenient access to IT support regardless of location, UBIT has established a full-service UBIT Help Center on South Campus. 


On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will end support for every version of Internet Explorer other than their most recent release. Internet Explorer 11 is the only version that will continue to receive security updates, technical support and compatibility fixes. Microsoft is encouraging customers to upgrade in order to experience a safer and faster browsing experience.   


You’ve probably heard people talk about ‘the cloud,’ but what is it and how are you using it every day?  


If you are currently enrolled in a course that requires research papers you may be having high school flashbacks to the tedious process of creating a works cited page. Thankfully, Endnote’s software can help you through it.  


If you didn’t know UBIT offered free software, new releases such as Microsoft Office 2016 make it the perfect time to start downloading.   


When it comes to identity theft, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Start protecting your personal information today by downloading, then installing Identity Finder for free from the UBIT website. 


Want access to iprint anywhere or My Virtual Computing Lab from off campus? Download the latest version of Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, compatible with Windows 10, as well as Mac OSX and Linux.  


If you’re new to UB, you’re probably very excited…and nervous. With three campuses to navigate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so it’s important to take advantage of helpful tools like the UB Mobile app.    

Windows 10 was released on July 29, 2015…so, it’s time to go ahead and upgrade the old computer, right? If you’re using that device for classes or work with UB, we think you should wait.

Have you always wanted to learn more about MS Excel, but didn’t know where to start? UBIT is pleased to share five of the niftiest tips and tricks to minimize your time and maximize your Excel knowledge base.   

On April 14, 2015, Microsoft re-branded “Lync” as “Skype for Business.” Find out what it means for UB. 

If you can barely afford ramen, how can you buy Microsoft Office? Luckily, UB offers MS Office and more for no cost. That’s right, it’s free.


When the UB Course Evaluation System was launched during Fall 2014, it was seamless, handling UB’s student volume without fail.

There have been reports of a "Failed to initialize connection subsystem” error received while using Cisco AnyConnect to establish a virtual private network. The errors began with the February 2015 Microsoft security patch.
Keep those pesky viruses at bay. Download the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection, always free from UBIT.
With zippy reporting and budgeting, UB’s recently upgraded financial system has some new helpful features, with plans for more down the road.
In advance of the Fall 2014 semester, UBIT has upgraded the software titles available through My Virtual Computing Lab.

As a part of the Realizing UB 2020 strategic plan, the Infrastructure Task Force plan is replacing outdated equipment with the Echo360 system.

Still using Windows XP? To keep your information safe, now is the time to pick up a new computer, or upgrade your old one.
Keep your computer secure. A new version of Symantec Endpoint Protection is available, which fixes a security risk.
Using Fetch to transfer your files? The latest version is now compatible with Macs running 10.9 Mavericks.

Adobe, publishers of popular software titles such as Adobe Professional, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver, has significantly changed their software licensing model.