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    NOVEMBER 11, 2004
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Reports of problems with spyware increasing

Over the past several weeks, the Computer Services help desk has seen a dramatic rise in the number of computer problems caused by spyware. Students, faculty and staff are reporting incidents that range from sluggish performance to outright system malfunction. Some computers have been invaded with so much spyware that consultants have to do a system rebuild.

If you have not done so already, please take advantage of Temple’s anti-spyware resources to protect your computer. As announced last week by Ariel Silverstone, chief information security officer, Temple has a site license for Ad-Aware anti-spyware for faculty and staff on-campus use. Home users and residence hall students can download a free version of the software from the Lavasoft USA Web site at www.lavasoftusa.com.

To learn more about spyware and for instructions on how to download Ad-Aware for on-campus and home use, go to www.temple.edu/cs/security/spyware.

New seminar schedule released

The new Computer Services seminar schedule for December, January and February is now available. Microsoft Office topics are back by popular demand, certificate programs are in the lineup, Blackboard courses are featured for faculty, and more. To keep up with technology, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of these seminars.

Printed copies of the schedule are available from the help desk on the ground floor of Wachman Hall and at other campus locations such as the computer labs. On Nov. 15, the schedule will be available online at http://seminars.temple.edu.