Department Access Announcement

Department Access Announcement

Note: This anouncement was posted to the department on May 17, 2000.

In order to try to secure against increasingly time consuming and costly threats from the Internet, the Lab Committee has decided to follow most of the other departments in the University and shut off telnet, rlogin, insecure POP & IMAP, and user-based FTP access from outside the department. This means that you will no longer be able to access desktop machines without the benefit of a secure login program like ssh when logging in remotely. The Lab Staff has created pages explaining what secure options are available for various platforms. The page also includes links on how to access POP and IMAP securely. For more information please see the following link:

We will have a one-month transition period, starting Monday, May 22nd 2000 and ending Monday, June 19th 2000. During this time the public login servers will still be available for telnet, rsh, and FTP access. In addition users will still be able to rsh and rlogin from Labstaff supported desktop machines to other departmental machines. During this transition time users should begin experimenting with ssh. For more information please see the following link:

During this time the Labstaff will be examining secure shell and secure mail access through a web browser. Until a secure system is implemented via a web broswser we will continue to have insecure logins available on public login machines.

This policy will take effect Monday, May 22nd 2000. If you have any questions, please contact the Labstaff. We will be available to assist you in setting up secure clients for offsite use.

If you have any questions please contact the Lab Staff.

Thank you for your cooperation,
-- the Lab Staff