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UIT Security Alert: Ultrinsic.com

Last updated: September 14, 2010

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The University of Houston recommends against creating an account at Ultrinsic.com on the basis of the University's computer use policy and Texas state law.

What is Ultrinsic.com?

Ultrinsic (www.ultrinsic.com) is a website that allows students to gamble on their future grades.

Do Not Sign Up for Ultrinsic.com

The University of Houston recommends against registering on Ultrinsic.com because the site requires you to share your myUH ID and password. This information provides access to your personal data as well as your academic records.

The Ultrinsic.com Terms of Service state:

  • "Access to School Account. By providing Ultrinsic with your username and password for your online school account, you authorize Ultrinsic to access the account and to view and record any information in your account."
  • This statement is in direct conflict with the University's computer use policy and Texas state law (TAC 202). You should NEVER share your myUH ID and password with a third-party website or any person. Doing so threatens the privacy, security, and integrity of your student records and UH's computing systems. It also provides an opportunity for your identity to be stolen.
  • If you have already registered for Ultrinsic.com and have provided your myUH ID and password, you should change your password immediately and notify UIT Security. You should not provide Ultrinsic.com with your new password or any other account information related to UH.