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Install free Sophos anti-virus on personal devices; Kaspersky expires August 2019

Information Technology Services recommends that employees and students install WVU’s new anti-virus software, Sophos, on personally owned computers to ensure uninterrupted protection. You can download it for free at freeav.wvu.edu. Use your WVU email to set up a Sophos account and install it on as many as three personally-owned devices.

Sophos is replacing Kaspersky under a new three-year agreement. If you currently have Kaspersky installed, you will need to replace it by August 2019. Kaspersky will continue to work until then. After Aug. 1, 2019, however, Kaspersky will charge for the protection. Sophos will continue to be free.

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Firefox no longer compatible with MAP or Banner 8

If you are a regular user of the Firefox browser, you may be unable to access MAP (Mountaineer Administrative Processes) and Banner 8. Only Internet Explorer (IE11) will support these systems. The latest update of Firefox drops support of Java, rendering that browser incompatible with systems that rely on Java plug-ins. 

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Portal.wvu.edu will undergo regular Sunday maintenance 3 a.m.-noon, starting Sept. 9

To ensure that portal.wvu.edu continues to function efficiently and securely, Information Technology Services is adding it to the list of systems that undergo regular, planned maintenance every Sunday from 3 a.m. to noon. This change, which goes into effect Sunday, Sept. 9, means that Portal access is not guaranteed during this window.

This work will occur in the same timeframe that many other important systems are undergoing updates and critical maintenance. The schedule is available at it.wvu.edu/help. A reminder of the planned maintenance period will be posted in all views of the Portal, so it’s visible to faculty, staff, students and admits.

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