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Tip of the Month - Everything You Want to Know About Computer Support Recharge

The Computing Infrastructure Support Department has a Web site that provides a wide range of information and resources regarding computer support recharges. Another page provides a form for changing the billing information for recurring monthly support charges.
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Empty Your Email Trash and Help Streamline the Service

If you're a user of IMAP4 email, you can streamline your own Inbox and the overall service by emptying your trash folder and filing non-essential messages on your own computer. Currently, the central IMAP servers contain about 25 gigabytes of data stored in trash folders.
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New Computer Protection Program Web Page Provides Information on Software for Secure File Transfers and Copying

Using FTP (file transfer protocol) to transfer files potentially exposes your username, password and data to hackers monitoring the Internet. Hackers can then use this information to illegally break into computers. To protect your accounts from break-ins, you should use a method of file transfer that encrypts your transmissions. The Lab's Computer Protection Program has just posted a Web page listing various software packages for secure file copying and transferring. The page includes three listings which are freeware and relatively easy to install and use, as well as commercially available applications.


Lab's Computer Protection Program to Offer Windows 2000 Security Course on April 17

Windows 2000 is here and with it comes a large number of substantial changes related to security. To help Lab system administrators understand all the changes, the Computer Protection Program is offering a one-day Windows 2000 Security Course on Tuesday, April 17.
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Reminder: If You Send Email from Offsite Using Your Lab Email Account, You Need to Change Your Outgoing Mail Server

(This article repeats information distributed earlier this month to all Lab email users.) As of Thursday, March 15, the Lab has implemented a change in central outgoing email servers to improve cybersecurity. Employees who use their Lab email accounts to send mail through the Lab's servers from outside the Lab network will need to make a one-time change to their email preferences, as well as slightly change how they log in to send mail.
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Lab Department Looking for Others to Share Cost of Site License for CFD Code

The Indoor Environment Department of the Environmental Energy Technologies division has obtained a site license for a general purpose computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code, and is interested in hearing from other Lab organizations interested in using the application and helping share the cost of the license.
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