An article (link) released January 10, 2013 by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT.gov) states a known vulnerability in Java version 7. The overview from the mentioned article is as follows:
“A vulnerability in the way Java 7 restricts the permissions of Java applets could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.”
What this means is that [essentially] all versions of Java prior to Java 7.11 (build 1.7.0_11-b21) are vulnerable to attackers ignoring security restrictions and executing potentially malicious code on your computer. These attacks on you and your computer could be “crimes from identity theft to making an infected computer part of an ad-hoc computer network that can be used to attack websites” reports Reuters.com. US-CERT also describes the most likely effected users for the vulnerability:
“Any web browser using the Java 7 plug-in is affected. The Java Deployment Toolkit plug-in and Java Web Start can also be used as attack vectors.”
How do I fix this and/or update my computer’s Java version?
The previously mentioned article from US-CERT includes a section on a Solution which initially directs users to download the weekend’s fix/update from Oracle which release notes can be found here and the actual download link can be found on this page. The US-CERT article also provides brief instructions on disabling Java in your browser for those who don’t use Java and won’t notice it being disabled.
Over the summer ITS gradually changed the Augustana mailing lists to Digest Mode. To learn more about Digest Mode, you can read the Digest Mode FAQ here. We did this to make it easier for our users to distinguish email that is sent to them personally from email that is sent campus-wide.
… Digest Mode is not a requirement. If you do not like digest email and you would like to switch back to receiving individual emails as they are sent, you can change your preferences in Gmail by following these directions: Read more…
If you are a PC user, please refer to the previous entry: Creating a Desktop Shortcut.
Would you like to be able to create a desktop icon that would bring you directly to a website or computer program that you use daily? On Mac computers this is called an “Alias” and it is relatively easy to create one yourself! Read more…
If you are a Mac user, please refer to the next entry: Creating a Desktop Alias.
Would you like to be able to create a desktop icon that would bring you directly to a website or computer program that you use daily? On Windows machines (PCs) this is called a “Shortcut” and it is relatively easy to create one yourself! Read more…
Do you find yourself sending out the same message over and over with very slight alterations? If you would like to be able to use what you have written previously in a new email, you might want to use “Canned Responses” which is one of the “Google Labs” available for Gmail.
The rest of this entry contains instructions about how to use Canned Responses. Read more…
Filters are a feature in Google Mail that helps keep your email organized automatically. They allow you to sort your mail by subjects, senders, keywords and more.
Examples of uses for filters:
- Sort emails from certain types of people into labels (i.e. professors, students, etc.) that you can easily access in the left panel of your Gmail window
- Have certain types of emails skip the inbox automatically (i.e. newsletters that you want to store in your email, but not read immediately)
- Forward emails from certain people to a specified email address
- Make sure that emails from certain people are never labeled as spam
The rest of this entry contains instructions on how to create a filter (click “Read more…”). Read more…
Google’s services are great, but definitely not perfect. To that end, I came across this set of slides in Google’s support area that gives some tips on troubleshooting Google Mail and Calendar problems.
Sometimes, problems are caused either by a brief outage in service or a Google Lab or similar add-on that has been enabled that is causing a problem. But if a Labs feature is causing the problem and you can’t even display your inbox, what then? Disabling labs can be accomplished by visiting this custom address (note the “labs=0″ part at the end of the address) https://mail.google.com/a/augustana.edu/?labs=0.
Happy Google Apps-ing!
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