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CalMail's heightened security rules take effect Tuesday

– Campus e-mail users could find themselves returned to sender tomorrow if they haven't configured their e-mail programs to communicate securely with CalMail.

Effective Tuesday, March 1, CalMail users will be required to enable a number of security protocols in their desktop e-mail programs in order to send or receive mail using the CalMail e-mail server. The enhanced security is part of UC Berkeley's Minimum Security Standards for Networked Devices, which go into full effect May 1, 2005, and are designed to keep the campus network safe from viruses and Internet attacks.

Users of popular e-mail clients like Eudora, Thunderbird, Outlook and Apple Mail will need to check their program settings to make sure they have enabled security measures that prevent passwords from being intercepted and authenticate mail before it is sent. Because these settings vary for each program and operating system, the CalMail Help site has posted detailed step-by-step instructions for a variety of e-mail programs.

People who read their e-mail more than one way will need to check the security settings on each e-mail program, and on each computer - office or home - that is used to connect to the CalMail mail server. However, CalMail customers who use the web interface at calmail.berkeley.edu or bearmail.berkeley.edu will not need to make any changes to read or send e-mail.

More information is available from CalMail Consulting at consult@berkeley.edu or by phone at 642-7776. However, response time may be lengthened because of the volume of calls being received as the security deadline approaches.