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    MAY 26 , 2005
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Apply online for discounted Verizon Wireless service online

In an ongoing effort to make telephone services easier to access and use, the Office of Telecommunications announces a new enhancement to its Web site. Temple employees can now apply online to take advantage of the discounts offered by Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless offers University employees a 15 percent discount on all monthly access fees exceeding $34.99 and a 25 percent discount on cellular accessories. Using on-campus computers, employees can easily register their existing Verizon service, sign up for new service or purchase accessories.

To take advantage of this new online feature, go to the Office of Telecommunications’ Web site at www.temple.edu/cs/telecommunications/cellular.htm. Then, scroll down to “Personal Verizon Wireless Cellular Service for Temple Employees” and click on the Verizon Wireless logo.

Keep your password secure

As you know, your AccessNet password is a vital key to many important resources as well as personal information on Temple’s systems. Please remember that it is critical to keep your password secure by not sharing it with others and by changing it on a regular basis.

A good password is easy for you to remember and hard for someone else to guess. It should include numbers as well as letters. For example, you can base it on the initials of a song, song lyrics, a book title or a show, and also add some numbers to make it harder to guess. Characters such as # ? . and “ are also acceptable. When you are ready to change your password, follow the instructions at http://accounts.temple.edu/password.

This simple process only takes a few minutes. Your privacy is well worth the effort.

Computer worm spreads spam in German

A computer worm that sends political e-mail messages in German is currently in circulation. The worm is a variant of the Sober mass-mailing worm.

The TUmail spam filter has been updated to block the steady stream of spam messages produced by this worm. However, there are already 72 known variations of the spam, which continues the stream of unwanted e-mail. The spam messages do not appear to damage computers. Nonetheless, if you receive an unexpected e-mail message in German, do not click on any of the links or attachments associated with the message. Instead, just delete it. In addition, as always, keep your antivirus software up to date.