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Important Email Security Announcement: Protect Your Password with SSL

Thank you, if you are among the many NYU community members who now use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption when accessing their NYU email. Since Spring 2006, when ITS first began strongly recommending SSL, we have reduced non-SSL-protected NYU email access by 80%! Configuring your email program for SSL has helped make your password and the NYU email environment more secure.

On Wednesday, October 24, ITS is taking the next step in securing passwords and email by requiring SSL use when accessing NYU email. If you think you may be one of those who do not yet use SSL, please read on.

Do I Use SSL When Accessing Email?
If you access your email by opening a web browser like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari and logging directly into NYUHome (, you are already using SSL, since ITS has activated it for NYUHome's webmail client. However, if you access your NYU email by means of an email program like Thunderbird, Eudora or Outlook, you are using SSL only if you have activated the program's SSL feature.

Instructions & Help
For easy-to-follow activation instructions for many different email programs for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, or if you want to confirm that SSL is activated in your email program, visit . For additional help, contact ITS Client Services by web ( or email (, or call us at 212-998-3333.