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Don’t fall for phishing emails

Phishing email example

ANR's IT team has seen an increase in the number of spoofed emails, a form of phishing or spam email.

Email spoofing is the forgery of an email so that the message appears to be from someone or somewhere other than the actual source.

The goal here is to persuade you to assist the “supervisor” in purchasing some gift cards. The email is structured in a sense that indicates the supervisor is not available, there is a certain sense of urgency and validity, and it is sent from a mobile device.

Spoofed email example

There are also other clues within the email. Even though the name of the supervisor is correct, the email address is not and is not part of the organization. Scratching the back of the card to get the code doesn't make sense, especially if you are planning to give it to your clients, customers, etc.

The best thing to do with these types of phishing emails is simply to call or text your supervisor's known cell phone number and confirm before making a purchase.

Posted on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 5:21 PM

Enroll in Duo by Feb. 13


UPDATE: The deadline to enroll in Duo has been extended to March 31, 2019.

To maintain access to critical systems such as the Time Reporting System (TRS), AggieTravel and AggieBuy, enroll in Duo by Feb. 13.

Before you enroll in Duo, make sure that your email system is supported to avoid service interruption. Visit Email Compatibility for a list of supported email systems.

The device you use with Duo can be a smartphone, tablet, cellphone or traditional landline. You should choose the device you are most likely to have close at hand when you want to access your UC ANR email.

How to enroll

  1. Visit https://computingaccounts.ucdavis.eduand choose “Duo Multifactor Authentication”. 
  2. Sign in with your campus account.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to enroll a device. 

Detailed step-by-step instructions are available at UC Davis IT Help.

If you encounter difficulties during enrollment, please contact the UC ANR Help Desk at or (530) 750-1212. You can also visit the “Duo Clinic” between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday by logging onto Zoom at

Security tokens

The preferred method for accessing Duo is via smartphone or landline. If neither of these options is viable, a Duo security token can be purchased through AggieBuy for $29.99. Units will be responsible for the cost, which is an allowable expense for Program Support Funds.

To purchase Duo tokens, visit and search for either part number or keywords under “Product Search”:

  • Part number: 2046355
  • Keywords: Duo Security Token

A comprehensive description of Duo is available at

Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 1:40 PM

Duo adds layer of security to online accounts

As many of you are aware, preparations are underway for UC ANR to implement UCPath in the spring of 2019. UCPath is a systemwide initiative launched by the University of California to modernize its current payroll system. Using new technology, UCPath will standardize the Division's workforce management effort, and payroll, benefits and human resources systems for all UC employees, and will enable the formation of UC ANR as a distinct financial structure within UC, which is a critical step for our organization.

The formation of UC ANR as a stand-alone financial structure provides us a remarkable opportunity to improve efficiency, and strengthen compliance, accountability and security. Additionally, UC ANR is responsible for protecting a vast amount of electronic information ranging from personal data to highly valuable original research.

In order to protect personnel payroll records that will enable UCPath, as well as critical research data, we have collaborated with UC Davis to implement a multi-factor authentication (MFA) service called Duo. Duo adds a new layer of security to your online accounts. A more comprehensive description of Duo is available at

To support ANR-wide adoption of Duo MFA, I want to encourage all managers, supervisors and directors to make staff aware of the Duo initiative and actively encourage them to enroll. Your participation in this initiative will help protect UC ANR information assets and help us comply with laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of personal and confidential information. Thank you for your support as UC ANR implements this critical cybersecurity initiative.                                


Tu M. Tran
Associate Vice President, Business Operations


Posted on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 9:42 AM

Duo office hours offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Starting Monday, Dec. 17, ANR's help desk team will begin offering virtual “office hours” to answer questions about the multifactor authorization app Duo.

The Zoom link to the “Duo Clinic” is

Join any time between 9 and 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday to ask Duo- and MFA-related questions. 

To support ANR-wide adoption of Duo MFA, Tu Tran, associate vice president for Business Operations, asks all managers, supervisors and directors to make everyone in their offices aware of the Duo initiative and actively encourage them to enroll in Duo.

Everyone's participation in this cybersecurity initiative will help protect UC ANR information assets and help us comply with laws and regulations pertaining to the protection of personal and confidential information.

Questions may also be emailed to

Posted on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:59 AM

UC ANR to launch fourth annual #GivingTuesday campaign Nov. 27

On Nov. 27, ANR is once again participating in #GivingTuesday—a 24-hour global giving challenge—a movement about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things. Celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. For ANR, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to raise funds for UC Cooperative Extension county programs, research and extension centers and statewide programs. To help Californians recover from recent wildfires, adapt to climate change and escape persistent pockets of poverty, the needs in the coming year will be great, and year-end giving is an opportunity for donors to assist.

“UC Cooperative Extension professionals have a deep passion for their work and a dedication to the communities they serve. While most deliver their research and programs quietly every day, it is especially incredible to witness their response to disaster; for example, recent wildfires saw local UCCE offices responding immediately with vital information for coping with the fires, care for livestock and pets, as well as service in food banks and other volunteer needs,” said VP Glenda Humiston.

UC Cooperative Extension staff and 4-H members took care of evacuated farm animals at the fairgrounds, and in Siskiyou County, partnered with local agencies to create and distribute Pet Emergency Evacuation Plan pamphlets.

“Giving Tuesday gives us an opportunity to talk about our research and outreach to enhance food systems and create thriving communities, as well as all the other positive things everyone in ANR is doing to make life better for Californians,” Humiston said.

For UC ANR stakeholders, #GivingTuesday presents an opportunity to support the many programs and services that strengthen California communities each day and more importantly, during times of crisis. Last year, over $76,000 was raised on #GivingTuesday to support UC ANR programs including the 4-H Youth Development Program and UC Master Gardener Program.

“As residents of California, we're all each other's neighbors—we lend a helping hand, we share information, we care about our community. That's what our #GivingTuesday #NeighborCA campaign is all about.” said Emily Delk, director of annual giving for UC ANR.

“This year, I'm excited to share that we will have two match challenge funds. One supporting the California 4-H Foundation and one for all UC ANR.” said Delk.

A website is up with links to all of ANR's programs, Research and Extension Centers and UCCE offices: It invites donors to designate programs or locations to which they wish to donate.

The website contains a toolkit for county offices and programs to participate. It includes:

  • Sample tweets and social media posts
  • Custom images to include in social posts
  • Templates for “unselfies.” Donors may take photos of themselves holding an unselfie sign and share on social media how they are giving.

The UC Master Gardener Giving Tuesday website is at  

The 4-H Youth Development Program also has its own website at

Although not as well-known as the shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday appeals to people who are swept up in the spirit of giving at the end of the year. 

This year Development Services has set a goal of collecting a total of $100,000 for 4-H and UC ANR from 300 or more donors on #GivingTuesday. Last year UC ANR and 4-H received nearly 300 gifts.

“The #GivingTuesday #NeighborCA campaign is a fun way for people in all ANR programs to give to the programs most important to them,” said Delk.

Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 5:43 PM
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