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Lab's Computer Protection Program Posts New and Improved Web Pages

The Lab's Computer Protection Program, which is responsible for cyber-security at Berkeley Lab, has updated its web site to make it easier for employees to find security information and resources, such as the Lab's Computer Protection Agreement, training classes, information about hoaxes and anti-virus software.
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DOE to Sponsor On-Site Security Training in November, December

As part of its overall program to enhance cyber-security, the Department of Energy has contracted with an outside training firm to provide additional "Cyber Security Awareness" at DOE sites around the country. At Berkeley Lab, six different classes will be presented in 10 sessions scheduled from Tuesday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 2. The training is being provided at no charge to the Lab or employees.
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Reminder: All Lab Computers Must Carry Security Advisory 'Banner'

As part of the enhanced security program at the Department Of Energy, every computer system owned by the Department must have a warning banner that is visible when users log onto the computer. Every computer will require changes to its system files to ensure that a banner is displayed at startup.
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FileMaker Pro Version 5 Is Available, but Not Compatible with Previous Versions


Although the newest version (5.0) of FileMaker Pro has some useful new features, it also has a major drawback for Lab users, leading those who support the software here to recommend that employees not purchase the new version. The main problem is that the new version doesn't allow users to open or exchange files created using previous versions. That's especially confusing because versions 3.0, 4.0 and 4.1 of FileMaker Pro allowed seamless sharing of files, which all had the same format.
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New Information Applications Group Provides Web-Enabled Database Applications

A new group combining the talents of the TEID TeamWeb group with the ISS Information Center has been created. The Lab's Information Applications Group provides programming services for web and database applications. The group's services include project management, data modeling, database development, and application programming. "Drawing on a range of expertise and applications, we can tailor-make solutions to meet the specific needs of any Lab department," says Damon Hougland, who heads the group.
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Good Email Housekeeping Helps Performance, Avoids Future Storage Charges

If you use the Lab's standard IMAP4 email system, it's a good idea to keep the number of messages in your Inbox and in folders stored on the central server as low as possible. Fewer messages means your system will run faster. Additionally, in January the Lab will start charging storage fees to employees who have more than 100 megabytes of email stored on the main server.
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Norton AntiVirus Software Is Now Standard for Use on Lab Macs, PCs

The Laboratory has adopted Norton AntiVirus software as the standard for detecting and eliminating computer viruses. The Norton application replaces F-Prot for PCs and SAM (or Symantec) for Macintoshes. The Norton software is easier to use and is automatically updated to include the latest virus "signatures," the telltale coding identifying a file as a virus. With other applications, such signatures had to be updated manually, and relied on the end users to do the updating. To download the appropriate version of Norton AntiVirus, click here.
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Problem of the Month — POP Email Users Need to Check Configuration


If you use "POP Email," be sure to check to make sure your email preferences are set correctly for incoming mail to point to popper.lbl.gov. Do not use ux5 or ux8. If you do your mail will not work. To check your setup go to Edit/Preferences/Mail Server. Also, make sure your Mail Server Type points to POP3 and your outgoing mail is set to SMTP. Questions? Call the Computer Support Help Desk at X4357.


Windows 98 to Be Standard Software Load on New Lab PCs


Beginning this week, all new PCs purchased for Lab use will have Windows 98 installed as the standard software load. The Lab has been holding off on installing Windows 98 until certain performance issues and incompatibilities in the first edition were addressed. The second edition has been thoroughly tested and found to be stable, so installation will start soon. Windows 98 has a slightly different look and feel than the 95 version, but should be easy to adapt to. The Computing Infrastructure Support Department is not recommending that users of older PCs upgrade to the new Windows. If you have questions, call the Help Desk at X4357.


Computing News Changes Email Distribution Method Slightly


Beginning with this issue, Berkeley Lab Computing News has changed its distribution method to make it uniform with the weekly Headlines newsletter. Computing News is currently produced in both HTML and plain text versions, and distribution is automatically determined by the type of email system each employee uses. Those who use the IMAP4 system will get the HTML version, and all others will see the text edition.