We know there are many IT changes affecting your day-to-day life and often slowing you down.  SMPH IT would like to share some of our favorite tips and tricks to help speed up your productivity.

Keeping Accounts Safe with a Password Manager

LastPass is a password manager tool that helps you to store usernames and passwords and create strong passwords.  And, best of all, it’s free to use for UW faculty, staff and students!  Find out more here:

Make your 2-Factor Authentication (UW’s MFA-DUO) Easier

There are several additional options  you can enable in the UW’s MFA-Duo web portal that will let you use it faster and make having to sign in two times less of an inconvenience. You can find some of them here in the UW’s KB articles regarding device settings: and

Automatically send my device a push will take out an extra step of needing to click on the “send me a push” button to have it go to your phone.

Additionally, when the push does come to your phone, if it is a newer iPhone you can press and hold on the initial notification that appears on your lockscreen and click

Free Software and Services for your Personal and Work computers

The UW offers a variety of industry flagship software free of charge for both personal and work computers.  To see what you are eligible for and which software will work (depending on your computer type; personal or work-provided), see the campus’s IT software page for more details: .

These software products have special licensing with the University and use your to authenticate.  They will generally have you sign in first with your followed by only your Net ID.

Harness the Power of Shortcuts and Other Built-In OS Features

Independent IT review site Techspot has a great collection of various ways you can speed up your daily operations.  Check it out here for more details:

Relieving Discomfort From Hours of Screen and Desk Time

Have you been struggling with wrist and arm pain, eye soreness, or other fatigue issues onset by life in the office (or remote office)?  Schedule an appointment with the UW ergonomics team and have them do a site assessment.  A few changes can often alleviate more than you think –