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February 2006

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February 16, 2006

Create a Personal Email Address

Have you ever wished that your NYU email address was easier to remember? Once you have activated your NYUHome service, you can create another email address that people can use as an alternative to your official NYU email address ( Messages sent to either address will be delivered to your NYUHome email inbox. For details, see Please note that NYU faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to use a "business card" format for their personal address (

Protect Your Computer & Your Identity

ITS urges you to help keep your computer safe and your identity protected. Remember, it's your responsibility to keep your computer system patched and your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up-to-date. And when on the Web or using email, do not open unexpected attachments, download suspicious files, or provide your Social Security number or other identifying information in response to an email message (as these are almost always phishing scams, aimed at obtaining your personal information for criminal purposes).

See for ITS' list of recommendations for safer computing, including instructions on how to download your copies of Symantec AntiVirus and LavaSoft Ad-Aware from NYUHome, information about good security habits, and details on how to keep your computer's security features up to date. Also, keep an eye out around campus for information about our Security Awareness Month events in April.

Call for Student Nominees: Max Goldstein Prize

Each spring, ITS awards the Max Goldstein Prize to an NYU undergraduate student who has applied computing in a creative and practical way to improve the academic, cultural or social life of the NYU community. The prize consists of a cash award of $500; nominations will be accepted from any member of the NYU community.

PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for nominations is MARCH 1st, 2006!

Please send nominations to Vincent Doogan, ITS Director of Student Technology Services, at Include the student's full name, school and class year, your relationship to the nominee, and a description or example of the accomplishment(s) that qualify him or her for the prize.

President's Day Schedule for ITS

The ITS computer labs will be closed for President's Day on Monday, February 20th. Normal hours at the computer labs will resume at 12:01am on Tuesday, February 21st; see for schedule information.

The IT Service Desk will be open for telephone and email help (1-212-998-3333; from noon- 6:00pm on Monday, February 20th, but will not be open for walk-in assistance. Normal hours will resume at 8:00am on Tuesday, February 21st; see for details.

Security Alert: Update Your Mozilla Software

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently released an alert regarding vulnerabilities in the Mozilla family of products, including the popular Firefox browser. Updates have been released for Firefox, so if you use this browser, please download and install the latest version from the Mozilla website ( If you use the Thunderbird mail client, disable Javascript and upgrade when a new version becomes available. For more information, see the CERT website: Thanks for your help in keeping NYU secure!

About Connect-Direct

Connect-Direct is a monthly electronic publication of NYU's Information Technology Services (ITS) offering computer-related news, security alerts, our schedule of free classes, and other information of interest to people who use IT at NYU. As a supplement to Connect: Information Technology at NYU, the ITS magazine, Connect-Direct is a great way to stay informed about current events and information.

Subscription Information
Due to the importance of the news provided by this online newsletter, Connect-Direct is published in the ITS News blog AND e-mailed to the entire NYU community; we hope you will find it useful and informative. By default, each community memmber is also subscribed to receive the additional monthly issues which are distributed during the remainder of each semester. If you would like to continue receiving Connect-Direct each month, you do not need to take any action. If you would prefer not to receive the regular-semester mailings, you may unsubscribe at any time in the following way:

1) Log into NYUHome.
2) Go to the Forums channel, which you will find under the "Home" tab.
3) Find and click on the link for 'connect-direct'. (If you don't see the connect-direct forum listed, click on the link to "Update Subscription List" to refresh your forum listings.)
4) The forum window will open. Click the bottom button, "Leave (unsubscribe)". You will be asked "Are you sure you want to permanently leave?". Click the top "Leave" button to remove yourself from the forum.
5) To return to your NYUHome screen, click on the "Home" tab. Go to your Forums channel, click the "Update Subscription List" link to refresh your forums listings. The forum should no longer appear.

Please note that even if you choose to unsubscribe, you will still receive the one University-wide issue we distribute at the start of each semester. This does not mean that you will need to unsubscribe again.

If you prefer, you can also unsubscribe from the e-mail version of the newsletter, then subscribe to the ITS News blog's RSS feed (which automatically delivers ITS News items, including Connect-Direct, to your aggregator software as they are published. See for RSS subscription instructions.

Past Issues
If you would like to view past issues of the Connect-Direct newsletter, visit the ITS News blog and click the "Connect-Direct" link on the right.

Contribute to Connect-Direct
If you are an NYU faculty or staff member and you think you may have a news item of interest to the Connect-Direct readership, please send submissions to the list administrator at

Tell Us What You Think
Please send your feedback or questions about Connect-Direct to the list administrator at We welcome your input!