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October 26, 2006

Concerns About Internet Explorer 7

Microsoft has begun offering a new version of its browser, Internet Explorer. Information on the compatibility of Internet Explorer 7.0 with NYU websites and applications is limited at this point. ITS recommends that you use your current browser version, rather than installing Internet Explorer 7.0, while compatibility evaluation continues. If you have installed Internet Explorer 7.0 and are experiencing difficulty, please contact ITS Client Services at 212-998-3333 or Please check back to this location for updated information on Internet Explorer 7.0.

October 25, 2006

Firefox 2.0 Released

The Mozilla group has released the latest version of FireFox, updating it to version 2.0. This latest version of the popular web browser touts updated security features amongst other improvements.

One of the newest updates in this iteration of the popular web browser is the "Phishing Filter" feature. This component will protect web surfers by blocking malicious phishing websites from displaying any content. Phishing is defined as:

"A form of Internet fraud that aims to steal valuable information such as credit cards, social security numbers, user IDs and passwords."

Firefox 2.0 will also add protection from spyware installations. Such applications will not install by default, and users will be clearly prompted for such types of installations.

You can download Firefox 2.0 from the ITS Software page:

October 10, 2006

Download Windows Updates: 10/10

Microsoft has released 10 updates for October's "Patch Tuesday" monthly cycle. These updates are the largest amount of grouped updates for the year so-far. The updates will fix 26 known vulnerabilities being actively exploited on the Internet.

Due to a software glitch, MS is not able to push out the updates to their users automatically at this time (10/10/06 @ 5PM EDT). It is suggested that you visit their website below to manually download & install the latest updates:

ITS & NYU Libraries Classes

ITS and the NYU Libraries offer a variety of free classes that can help you take advantage of the technology and library resources available to you in support of your research and coursework. ITS classes include NYU Blackboard training, NYURoam Wireless Workshops, and Advanced Media Studio Workshops. ITS also offers classes and, upon faculty request, special in-class tutorials in statistics and mapping software.

For more information, including the fall schedule and registration details, visit for ITS classes and workshops or, for Libraries classes,

Copyright & File Sharing Policies

Peer-to-peer (P2P) applications such as KaZaA, limewire and Gnutella, which allow you to connect your computer directly to other users' computers to transfer files back and forth, can get you into serious trouble if they are used to share copyrighted material. If you are using any P2P software, you should ensure that your computer is configured to NOT make copyrighted files available for download by others. If you have questions about this, consult the ITS P2P web page:

Sharing such material can be a violation of federal copyright laws and has drawn the attention of entertainment industry groups. These groups contact ITS with notifications or subpoenas regarding copyright infringements they detect on the NYU network. ITS notifies the person who controls the computer that is identified in the complaint. That individual is then responsible for bringing their computer into compliance, and could face legal action by the copyright owners.

REMINDER to all NYU community members: It is a basic policy for computer use at NYU to respect the rights of copyright owners; see the Policy on the Responsible Use of NYU Computers and Data.

REMINDER to all NYU students living in NYU residence halls: Running a server, other than a web server, is a violation of ResNet policy. This includes using P2P software to share out files. See the ResNet website for policies and information.

Website News: Ask ITS & More

-- Ask ITS & NYUHome--
The new Ask ITS area in NYUHome (available via the Home tab) provides one convenient location where you can request help from ITS, read important security and technology news updates, and link to helpful software and instructions. While in NYUHome, check out the NYU Life tab and its new Campus Cash and Off-Campus Housing channels. Also, with NYUHome's expanded Search box capability, you can now search NYU Directory listings and ITS and NYUHome help from any NYUHome tab.

-- Information Technology Services Website --
At the beginning of this academic year, ITS, in collaboration with NYU's Web Communications, released a redesigned version of the ITS website at . New features include a News blog, expanded content, enhanced NYU Blackboard support, and an improved navigation structure. We encourage you to visit our new site and let us know what you think!

-- Podcasting at NYU --
NYU recently released a new Podcasting website, featuring links to existing podcasts produced by the NYU community, and information about University resources available to assist in the creation of new podcasts by NYU students, faculty, and staff. See for details.

Activate & Protect Your NYU Email

Email is one of the official means by which the University communicates with faculty, administrators, staff, and students. It's your responsibility to activate the NYU email service for which you are eligible, if you haven't already done so, and to check your email regularly. For instructions on activating and using your NYU email, visit NYU's Student Email Policy and The Guidelines for Student Email Use can be found on the ITS Policies website at

Please note: Everyone who uses an email client other than NYUHome to check their NYU email should verify that they are using the correct settings and activate the SSL security feature to help protect the privacy of their messages; for quick configuration instructions for Eudora, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and more, see If you use the NYUHome email client, SSL has been automatically activated for you.

Protect Your Computer & Identity

ITS urges you to help keep your computer safe and your identity protected by keeping your computer system patched and your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up-to-date. And, when using email or on the web, be wary of providing personal information or passwords.

See for ITS' list of recommendations for safer computing, including instructions on how to download your copies of Symantec AntiVirus and Lavasoft Ad-Aware, and be sure to familiarize yourself with NYU's Policy on Responsible Use of NYU Computers and Data: If you have questions, please contact the ITS Client Services Center.

SPSS & SAS Software Through ITS

Each academic year, the University obtains a license for SPSS and SAS statistical software for use by NYU faculty, administrators, and staff (and, for SAS, matriculated graduate students, as well). SPSS and SAS licenses for the current academic year are now available for purchase from ITS via a streamlined licensing process. See the Data Service Studio website for details. Please note that NYU students can purchase a copy of SPSS at the NYU Computer Store at 242 Greene Street (

Change Your Password or It Will Expire

Using strong passwords and changing them regularly helps safeguard your privacy and identity. You are now required to change the password used with your NYU NetID at least once every year. Otherwise, it will expire, cutting off your access to NYUHome, your NYU email (whether via a browser or email software like Eudora or Thunderbird), NYU dial-up, NYURoam wireless, restricted-access web services, and other applications. See for details about this password change initiative; for helpful information about passwords, see .