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July 19, 2007

About the Apple iPhone

ITS is in the process of evaluating the recently introduced Apple iPhone, a widely publicized mobile PDA device which uses the AT&T network for voice and data services.

You should be aware that Apple & AT&T's initial release of iPhone service is aimed at personal use, rather than at seamless, reliable, standards-based integration with services that may be provided by institutions like ours, including NYURoam, NYU Email, Meeting Maker and so forth. AT&T does not yet offer corporate or institutional account management for iPhone service.

Although iPhone may be a great choice for your personal purpose, iPhone unfortunately does not yet qualify for inclusion among NYU-supported mobile PDA devices. We are not yet able to migrate service or phone numbers to iPhones from other NYU-sponsored or personal cell phones or PDA devices, or to provide University coverage of ongoing iPhone service fees.

We hope future releases of iPhone will better accommodate integration with organization-provided services such as ours. We will continue to monitor changes to the iPhone and its capabilities and to seek effective ways to integrate it with NYU services.

For more information about mobile PDAs at NYU, please visit the ITS Website at www.nyu.edu/its/pda/

If you are interested in learning more about our evaluation, or have comments, please email your questions and feedback to its.mobile@nyu.edu. You can also contact us via the Ask ITS area in NYUHome or by calling ITS Client Services at 212-998-3333.

We will continue to update the NYU Community as more information becomes available.

July 17, 2007

Multiple critical updates from MS, Apple, & Adobe

July '07 has been a busy one for software companies: multiple critical updates have been issued for Adobe, Microsoft, Apple operating systems and applications.

Adobe:

Two (2) vulnerabilities in Adobe's popular Flash player may allow a specially crafted website to load malicious arbitrary code and possibly even take control over a victim's computer. These updates apply to both Windows and Mac OS X.

Adobe recommends all users of Adobe Flash Player 9.0.45.0 and earlier versions upgrade to the newest version 9.0.47.0. Click here to download the latest version.

Apple:

Eight (8) vulnerabilities in Apple's popular Quicktime player may attackers to load malicious arbitrary code and possibly even take control over a victim's computer. These updates apply to both Windows and Mac OS X.

Apple recommends all users download the latest version of Quicktime player 7.2, available here

Microsoft:

Eleven (11) vulnerabilities in Windows (i.e. Windows XP SP2, Vista, etc.) and Office suite may allow attackers to load malicious arbitrary code and possibly even take control over a victim's computer. These updates apply to Windows only.

Microsoft recommends all users update their computers via the Automatic Updates feature or by visiting: http://update.microsoft.com

July 05, 2007

Help Protect Your Email with SSL

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security feature that helps protect the privacy of documents transmitted over the Internet, including email messages. If you use an email client other than NYUHome to check your NYU email, do your part to help protect NYU's network and activate SSL today. It's quick, easy and very important! (If you use NYUHome to check your NYU email, SSL has already been activated for you; ITS cannot, however, activate SSL for other email clients--you must take these steps yourself.) See www.nyu.edu/its/email/ssl/ for instructions.

July 02, 2007

July 4th Holiday Hours at ITS

On Wednesday, July 4th, all ITS lab facilities will be closed in observance of Independence Day. The normal summer labs schedule will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

The ITS Client Services Center will be open for telephone (212-998-3333) and email support from noon to 8:00am on Wednesday, July 4th, but closed for walk-in assistance at 10 Astor Place. Normal telephone, email, and walk-in hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

Enjoy the July 4th holiday!