Beware of Windows vulnerabilities
Given the recent major vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system, it's critical that Windows users watch for announcements and install recommended patches immediately. Follow these guidelines:
Sign up to receive alerts of major vulnerabilities that affect MIT by subscribing to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. To subscribe, go to http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/security-fyi and fill out the form.
Get the latest information from IS about Windows at http://web.mit.edu/is/topics/windows.
Update your Windows system with critical patches through Windows Update at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
If you receive e-mail from Network Security, be sure to follow the directions completely. For optimal service, please keep the subject line intact when replying to the initial e-mail.
iPass offers low-cost Internet connections
Information Systems has contracted with JB Cubed, Inc., to provide iPass as a fee-based Internet service provider (ISP). With iPass, wherever you are in the world, you can call a local number and connect to the Internet without costly long-distance charges. All you need is the iPassConnect client installed on your computer, a modem and an MIT iPass account. For more information, go to http://web.mit.edu/is/help/ipass.
Information technology books online
Courtesy of two subscriptions from the MIT Libraries, members of the MIT community have 24-hour online access to the latest books on information technology. Safari Tech Books Online (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/safari) and Books24x7 (http://libraries.mit.edu/get/books24x7) are excellent online sources for information technology and other technical and business books. They offer books on databases, web design, programming languages, operating systems, networking, security, some business topics and more. Both are accessible from off-campus with MIT certificates.
For general computing questions, contact the Computing Help Desk at email@example.com or 253-1101. For business computing questions, contact the Business Liaison Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-1177.
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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 17, 2003.