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6/20/2014 - IMAP/POP Mailbox Services shutting down for good
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 16 June 2014

The last piece of the MCECS Mail Migration process will happen by the end of this week (Friday, June 20th) as we finally turn off our IMAP/POP services (the service that provided access to your old MCECS mailbox).

 

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48-hour limit to VNC sessions on general login Linux systems
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014

In an attempt to deal with large numbers of VNC sessions that are left dormant by users (thereby chewing up CPU/RAM/swap), we will be instituting a 48-hour VNC session limit on our general-login Linux systems.  This comprises:

ada.cs.pdx.edu
eve.ece.pdx.edu
walle.ece.pdx.edu
ruby.cat.pdx.edu
rita.cat.pdx.edu
FAB 55-17 Ubuntu systems
FAB 88-09 Ubuntu systems
FAB 88-10 Ubuntu systems

If you are a regular VNC user on these systems, make sure that your work is completed within 48 hours.

If you have a specific need to have a long running VNC session on general-login Linux systems, please contact us with details of your project and the duration.

Research and special project Linux systems are not affected by this limit.

Beware of Spear Phishing Spam and giving out your passwords
Written by Janaka Jayawardena   
Monday, 30 September 2013

This is our periodic notice to warn people of dangerous e-mail spam - namely Phishing Spam.  We deal with a few waves of these at the start of term and Fall 2013 is shaping up to be a strong phishing season.  A few recent victims have been costly, leading to main PSU mail servers being blacklisted over the weekend, so please take note.


The CAT and OIT will NEVER ask for passwords via e-mail.


DO NOT follow links in your e-mail that require you to enter your login and password information.


DO NOT send out any unencrypted, sensitive information via e-mail.


Last Updated ( Monday, 30 September 2013 )
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Dropbox in MCECS - Usage, Security and Privacy concerns
Written by johnj   
Thursday, 10 November 2011

Dropbox, an online file repository/backup service, has been gaining in popularity. Its ease of setup and use for personal systems has resulted in rapid adoption among people trying to sync and transfer data between home desktops, laptops and other mobile devices.

We are seeing increased use of this service among faculty, staff and student users. While Dropbox is a hit at home, it has had a rocky road trying to adapt to corporate and centrally driven IT environments - both at a technical and policy level. MCECS users face many of these same challenges.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 November 2011 )
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