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Barnes & Noble will begin selling two-factor hardware to people using personal funds March 5

WVU employees and students who want to use personal funds to purchase a two-factor authentication hardware alternative to the free Duo Mobile smart phone app can visit any Barnes & Noble bookstore starting Monday, March 5. All employees on all campuses, including student workers, must be using two-factor by April 27.

The Duo display token, which generates a one-time code at the push of a button, will retail for $24.98. The Yubikey, which requires a USB port and works only with the Chrome browser, will retail for $19.98. ITS walk-up support locations at the Mountainlair and in G-49 of Brooke Tower also carry these devices.

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Prove it’s you: Two-factor rollout continues with more than 7,000 employees enrolled

About 7,000 employees on all WVU campuses are actively using two-factor authentication, well ahead of the April 27 deadline for everyone to join this critical security initiative.

Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your password. It requires you to confirm your identity with two things – something you KNOW and something you HAVE. Essentially, it’s no different than a physical key to a door: If you want access to something WVU considers important, you have to prove it’s you to gain that access. No group of employees is exempt.

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Printing jobs for commencement and summer sessions must be submitted to ITS by April 15

Colleges and departments that use WVU Printing Services should submit all printing and binding work related to spring commencement activities and summer sessions by the close of business Friday, April 13.

This 30-day advance requirement will ensure sufficient time for production and reduce last-minute requests that incur extra costs. The early deadline also will help ensure sufficient time for quality control and revisions before commencement activities begin.

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Defend Your Data: ITS will occasionally send warnings about hard-to-spot phishing scams

WVU employees with an @mail.wvu.edu account may periodically receive security warnings about active phishing emails or other scams that are well-executed and therefore difficult to spot. These warnings will come from DefendYourData@mail.wvu.edu, the same address you currently use when you forward a suspicious-looking email to Information Technology Services for review.

Most phishing scams are fairly easy to identify, with clues such as: a new, unknown or unexpected sender; a message that contains obvious spelling and grammatical errors; and syntax that is virtually incomprehensible.

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Mountaineer Marketplace selling two-factor hardware devices starting Feb. 12

Employees may purchase hardware devices for two-factor authentication through Mountaineer Marketplace starting Monday, Feb. 12. Just log into MyAccess.wvu.edu and click on the My Tools tab to reach Mountaineer Marketplace. Either state or Research Corp. funding may be used, subject to permission from your EBO and/or department head.

Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security besides your password. It requires you to confirm your identity with two things – something you KNOW and something you HAVE. Essentially, it’s no different than a physical key to a door: If you want access to something WVU considers important or sensitive, you have to prove who you are to gain access. By the end of April 2018, all employees on all campuses will be using two-factor.

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