Computer maker Dell is recalling AC power adapters sold with some Latitude, Inspirion and Precision laptops between 1998-2002 due to reports of overheating adapters. ITSD has arranged for a Dell representative to come to the Lab’s cafeteria on Wednesday, December 1, and Thursday, December 2, to determine whether employees have a recalled adapter, based on their adapter number. If so, Dell will replace it on the spot. Don’t forget to bring in your adapters! Dell is also offering replacements by mail. Read more about the recall.
Bogus email messages advising users to download and install certain Red Hat Linux updates are circulating on the Internet. Purportedly sent by the Red Hat Security Team, the "updates" are actually malicious programs designed to allow perpetrators to gain control of the system in which they are installed. If you receive one of these messages, delete it immediately and do not forward it. Go to Red Hat’s Web site for more information.
ITSD to Test Mozilla’s New Web Browser Firefox
ITSD is testing to see if Mozilla’s new Web browser Firefox, which has been receiving glowing reviews in the press recently, will be a good fit for the Lab. Stay tuned.
ITSD continues to support two Web browsers, Mozilla and Internet Explorer (IE). Mozilla is also the Lab's standard email client. ITSD recommends that you use Mozilla for all standard Web browsing and for accessing email. Many of the Lab’s business applications and some Web sites require or work better with IE. However, IE has more cyber security vulnerabilities than Mozilla. Switch over to IE only when necessary, and close it down when finished.
Read more about Firefox.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides offsite users with a secure connection to the Lab’s internal network services. It enables users to access certain online journals, MS Networking shares, Novell shares and certain Web pages. Users are encouraged to use VPN if they send sensitive data and passwords, which need to be protected from interception as they travel to and from the Lab. Read more.
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