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May 2003

Telnet and FTP Changes

Now that our new VPN server and associated web pages are in place we can resume planning for securing information that travels between the UMD campus and non-University networks. Packages such as Dreamweaver and services such as telnet/FTP are sending information across networks in a clear-text mode that allows 'snooping'. Our plans are to shutdown non-VPN access for ub, bulldog and our web servers during October 2003. We will announce this several times during August and September, and announce a firm date at that time. The Virtual Private Network web page explains the VPN service.

An alternative to telnet and ftp is using secure shell, copy or file transfer packages. These are included in any Unix or Linux release, and packages for both Windows and Macintosh are on our Secure SSH Clients page.

If you are using a non-University network (Charter, CPInternet, etc.) please begin the conversion to using a network security product. Installing VPN will be the most seamless conversion, and is the best conversion for those using packages such as Dreamweaver.

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