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Summer initiatives planned to enhance security

Over the summer, Computer Services will continue to enhance security at Temple by eliminating the use of FTP and Telnet protocols on the Astro system. The functionality that these protocols provide is replaced by SSH software for Windows, and MacSSH and FUGU for the Mac. These software programs are available at no charge for Temple students, faculty and staff from the Help Desk download site (download.temple.edu). To download software from this site, you must use Internet Explorer and log in with your AccessNet user name and password.

Also in the summer, Computer Services will discontinue mail forwarding for various e-mail addresses that make reference to retired Temple systems. These addresses include mail.temple.edu, mail.is.temple.edu, eop.temple.edu, astro.temple.edu, unix.temple.edu, thunder.temple.edu, tempest.temple.edu and tornado.temple.edu.

If you still use any of these e-mail addresses, please be aware that any mail directed to these systems will no longer be delivered after June 30. More details about these initiatives will be announced in the near future.

Computer Services to survey schools, colleges on software

In ongoing preparation for the upcoming TECH Center, Computer Services will do a follow-up survey of schools and colleges to determine the software needs of the TECH Center. The TECH Center will offer access to 600 computer workstations and 100 laptops that students will use to complete academic coursework. Request for participation in the online survey will be sent to the schools and colleges by e-mail.

Beware of scam Windows Update e-mail message

A bogus e-mail message is now in circulation notifying users of an important Windows security update. The Subject line contains “Urgent Windows Update” or “Important Windows Update.” The body of the message includes a link for a Web site that claims to provide a critical Windows update. If you click on the link, your computer becomes infected with a virus.

Microsoft does not send e-mail messages about Windows Update unless you have subscribed to its notification service. Information about the validity of security-related Microsoft messages is available on its Web site at www.microsoft.com/security/incident/authenticate_mail.mspx.

Computer Services is aware of this new bogus e-mail and will work with Symantec and Sophos to automatically prevent infection.

The best way to protect yourself from this type of scam is to set up your computer to automatically obtain Windows Updates. Instructions for setting up this feature are available online at www.temple.edu/cs/windowsupdateinstructions.htm.

In addition, exercise caution before you click on any link in an e-mail message.

 

 


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