Tag Archives: web

IA Chrome extension protecting LSA

About 2,100 managed systems in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) now have extra protection from malicious websites thanks to the Safe Computing Website Checker developed by Information Assurance (IA). The extension protects people from some types of malicious websites when browsing the web with Chrome. “Utilizing Group Policy Management (GPO) we have deployed this… Read More »

The web really isn’t worldwide – every country has different access

By | December 7, 2018

What the internet looks like to users in the U.S. can be quite different from the online experience of people in other countries. Some of those variations are due to government censorship, but private companies – many based in the U.S. – are also building obstacles to users from around the world who want to freely explore the… Read More »

Web Platforms Service hires new manager

Mark Montague has been named manager of Web Platforms and Information Systems for ITS Infrastructure Application Operations. Prior to this role, Montague ran his two-person IT consulting and contracting company from 1992–1995, and has a long history with the university that begins in 1992. Some may remember him from his previous work at ITS (1995-1998 and 2006-2010) or… Read More »

Own a Google Site? Now is the time to think about converting to new Sites

As first announced on July 18, Google has provided an automatic migration tool to transfer from Google “classic” Sites to new Sites. “Although Google has not yet announced a date to end classic Sites, we strongly encourage you to start preparing now to convert your classic Sites,” says Brian Cors, ITS service manager for U-M Google. “This will help avoid… Read More »

Bots, Part One: Of bots, and bleeps, and other things

Last December, I was turned on to the importance of bots while attending the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network (MCSMN) Annual Meeting in Arizona. Since then, I’ve been digging into the topic, trying to learn more, and hoping to get a bot implemented on our departmental website, but there is just so much to talk about! We decided… Read More »

Chrome extension warns you of malicious websites

You know you need to check the URL before logging in, but wouldn’t it be great if your web browser did some of that checking for you? If you use Chrome and an extension from Information Assurance (IA), it can. The U-M Safe Computing Website Checker extension for Chrome warns you while you are using Chrome: When you… Read More »

UMSI technical workshops to teach data analytics, web development May 1

By | April 25, 2018

Interested in building technical skills? Enroll in one of three concurrent workshops offered by the School of Information. For the second year in a row, UMSI is presenting short, technical skill-building workshops taught by expert faculty and graduate students to help students gain confidence prior to a summer internship or to add to a resume or portfolio. The… Read More »

Integrating events with Drupal and Salesforce

UM-Dearborn’s Web Services team recently partnered with a cross-functional, cross-campus team to integrate Salesforce/TargetX and Drupal to promote Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions events on the new campus calendar. In late 2017, the team introduced a new events calendar using the campus-wide Drupal content management system. The calendar is refreshed and modern, featuring a responsive design, filterable search, and… Read More »

Outcomes of March Web Platforms Town Hall

Over 60 university community members attended the Web Platforms Service Town Hall on March 7 at Palmer Commons. The presentation reflected feedback received during meetings and interactions held over the past year and a half. Town hall participants shared further ideas verbally and using the Poll Everywhere app. The service project team is reviewing the latest feedback and… Read More »

March 1 change to InCommon SSL certificate service

By | February 7, 2018

The CA/Browser Forum is a group of SSL certificate authorities and web-browser developers who work to set standards for SSL encryption. A new CABforum rule going into effect March 1, 2018 will shorten the maximum lifetime of SSL certificates from all commercial certificate authorities. After that time, certificates obtained via the ITS “Web Application Sign-up Page” can have… Read More »

Web Platforms service town hall March 7

A town hall and interactive session will be held to discuss the new Web Platforms service being developed by ITS for the university community. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Central Room, Palmer Commons. Members of the university web developer community and those who have an interest in… Read More »

DNS Re-address Project nears completion

In an effort to further secure and reduce the complexity of U-M networks, ITS Infrastructure has worked for the past year with unit IT representatives to change the IP addresses of U-M’s domain name system (DNS) resolver servers from public to private. The goals of the project were to: Improve security by reducing internet threats that exploit DNS resolvers.… Read More »

New web hosting platforms to meet campus needs

By | December 12, 2017

Information and Technology Services is redesigning and launching new web hosting platforms that are tailored to the unique and varying needs of the U-M community. “The main aspects of the hosting platforms will be reliable and robust cloud-first architecture, scalable and flexible environment, simple provisioning, and security improvements,” says Deborah Gowan, director of ITS application operations. “Individuals can… Read More »

What do you think about MaizeLink?

ITS is piloting new software for campus called MaizeLink. Powered by OneCampus, the software uses search and filter technology to make it easier to organize preferred web-based campus services in one mobile-friendly location. For the last two years, ITS engaged campus user groups via interviews, surveys, and prototype reviews to search for software to do what this one… Read More »

LSA Gateway: Faculty and staff portal to the college

Historically the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) used its public web site for some content that ideally would have gone to department- or college-level intranet sites, if those sites had existed. This past summer, using the same web content management software as our public web site — Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) — LSA Web Services… Read More »

Protection from malicious websites on UM-Ann Arbor networks

Beginning October 17, safeguards will be put in place that help protect the U-M community from websites known to be malicious—those that attempt to steal your personal information or infect your device with malware—on most UM-Ann Arbor wired networks. This protection is already included on MWireless and MGuest. Domain Name Service (DNS) filtering checks websites against a list… Read More »

Accelerating the mobile web

By | August 24, 2017

Most web traffic today comes from smartphones and tablets, but the mobile web remains frustratingly slow. Even on fast 4G networks, a page takes 14 seconds to load on average—an eternity in today’s connected world. A team of computer science researchers at U-M and MIT has found a way to dramatically speed up the mobile web. Their new… Read More »