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Novell Tools Now Allow Secure Access to Computer Files via the Internet

The Lab's Novell file server, which makes it easy for PC and Macintosh users to share files on site, now offers a couple of secure tools for accessing files from off site. This accessibility can help overcome such hurdles as getting an updated presentation to someone on travel without sending the huge file by email.
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Cost of On-Site Printer Repair Service to Drop Under New Contract

Beginning Friday, March 1, the cost of on-site repairs of printers will drop to $80 per hour. The new rate is the result of the Lab contracting for the services of the UC Berkeley Workstation Hardware Support Group (WHSG). The group includes certified HP printer technicians, stocks some commonly used parts, and is willing to make on-site calls to the Lab (most of their campus business comes to them).
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Netscape 6.2 Has Lots of Little Bugs, Best to Avoid Installing It Now

The new version of Netscape Communicator (v 6.2) is out there, but the Lab's Computing Infrastructure Technologies Group is advising LBNL employees not to install it. There's no major problem with the application, but a lot of little inconsistencies can make it harder to use and to support.
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Cost of Backups for UNIX Systems to Drop by 20 Percent - and More - on March 1

Rates for the new Veritas backup service offered to UNIX users by the Computing Infrastructure Support (CIS) Department will be dramatically reduced effective March 1. The rate will be cut from $25 per gigabyte of file space to $20 for the first gigabyte and $13 per subsequent gigabyte. At the same time, billing will be changed to reflect the actual volume of data copied in monthly full copies and daily incremental copies that contain only changes in files since the previous copy was made.
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If You Use an ISDN Line to Remotely Connect Your Mac or PC, Watch Out for 'Hidden' Connections, Unexpected Charges

Users of ISDN services should be aware of possible excess charges associated with ISDN connectivity when attaching an Appletalk-enabled Macintosh or some PCs utilizing Novell (IPX) based resources. Such charges can be quite high, as they are assessed by both the telephone service provider and the Lab's Remote Access Service. These ISDN charges accumulate when remote network traffic is detected and the ISDN router makes a connection to the Lab's network. The connection remains in place until network traffic ceases. Then the remote ISDN router disconnects automatically, usually. However, due to the nature of the protocols mentioned above, sometimes this automatic disconnect does not occur and the ISDN router remains connected as long as the remote computer is turned on. The solution? Turn off either the remote computer or the remote ISDN router.

For further information please contact the LBLnet Service Group at X4559.

What to Do If You Receive a Message from the LBNL Virus Wall About an Outgoing Virus from Your Computer

The unusually high number of viruses and worms that have been spreading over the Internet makes it more likely your system will become infected at some time. If so, you may receive a message from the LBNL Virus Wall saying that it has removed a virus or worm from a message that you sent. When this happens, some users become confused because they did not send any message at the time the Virus Wall has indicated. But many viruses and worms often send messages independently of what users do.

If your system is infected with a virus or worm, it is best to quarantine the system (leaving it on, but putting a sign on the monitor to warn against further use), dial HELP (X4357) and wait for a technical support person to clean up your system. Far more damage to systems results from users trying to eradicate viruses and worms on their systems than from anything else.

Monthly Virus Update - What the VirusWall is Catching; Alerts on Myparty and Shoho

Worms and viruses continue to spread aggressively on the Internet. This month's Virus Update looks at the most frequently intercepted viruses at the Lab and offers a profile of the new Myparty and Shoho infections.
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Mac Users Beware: Macs Can Spread Windows Viruses So Extra Protection is Needed

Macintosh users -- your Mac system can be the carrier of a Windows-based virus or worm even though your system itself is not infected. A few Mac users have recently received Virus Wall warnings saying that a virus or worm they have sent has been removed. Even though your Mac itself may not be infected, users of Windows systems to whom you forward an infected message may download an attachment, thereby infecting their systems.
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Minicourse for Windows XP Security to Be Offered Wednesday, March 13

Are you using Windows XP or are you ready to make the jump to this new Operating system? If so, you'll want to attend a minicourse on Windows XP security to be held from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Bldg. 50 auditorium. The instructor will be Eugene Schultz, author of "Windows NT/2000 Network Security." Pre-enrollment is required -- send email to and with your name and employee number.

Lab's Linux Users Group to Hold Next Meeting on March 5

The next meeting of LUG, the Lab's Linux Users Group, will be at noon Tuesday, March 5, in Perseverance Hall. The featured speaker will be David Desrosiers of Among the topics to be discussed are:

  • Embedded Linux on PDAs
  • Linux on the Palm
  • Linux on the iPAQ

Visit the LUG Web site for more information.

Microsoft Releases Cumulative Patch to Fix Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced the release of a cumulative patch to fix six vulnerabilities found in Internet Explorer, the most serious of which allows an intruder to remotely run code on another user's system. The vulnerabilities affect Windows platforms with Internet Explorer 5.01 SP2, 5.5 SP1 and SP2, or 6.0. More information is available from Microsoft's Windows Update.

DOE Provides Financial Support for SANS Security Training

DOE has agreed to pay some of the costs for employees who participate in technical training provided by the SANS (System Administration, Networking, and Security) Institute. DOE's Cyber Security Training, Education, and Awareness Program has agreed to pay for both conference and online training; while participants are responsible for all travel expenses. The Lab's Computer Protection Program will once again coordinate this effort for LBNL.
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Ricochet Networks Takes First Step Toward Restoring Wireless Internet Access

Ricochet Networks, Inc. recently initiated a technical trial of the Ricochet high-speed, wireless Internet access network in Denver, Colorado. In the first trial since bankrupt former owner Metricom shut down the network last year, Ricochet will test and evaluate the Ricochet network as an initial step in reactivating the service.
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