Instances of Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) and IE7 will be upgraded to IE8 on April 1. For campus computers who use K-State’s central Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), this update will be pushed out automatically. System administrators managing their own WSUS environment or using some other way to manage application updates on Windows computers are urged to do the same.
For example, here’s a screenshot of my current tabs in Firefox:
Not only do browser tabs simplify your browsing experience, they can also save system resources and time. For instance, if you frequent a website that is slow to load, you can flip to a different tab and read that webpage while the other one loads. Continue reading “Simplify Internet browsing by using tabs”→
Anyone using multiple computers throughout the day knows how frustrating it can be to have different bookmarks on each machine. The browser add-on Xmarks (formerly known as Foxmarks) allows users to synchronize all of their bookmarks among various computers. The bookmarks are then readily available whenever and wherever needed. It also synchronizes across different browsers.
Simply install the Xmarks add-on and create a username and password. The bookmarks are then uploaded and stored on a server. If you set up a new machine, just install the Xmarks add-on and download the bookmarks. This replaces the prior bookmarks and merges with current ones. You can even create different profiles for work-related or home computers. Once all of your bookmarks are set up, you can then view and edit them at my.xmarks.com and the changes will synchronize with any browser that currently has the add-on installed.
To assist in the battle against malware that daily threatens K-State computers, Web Reputation Services (WRS), also known as “Web Threat Protection Services”, was enabled last week in K-State’s Trend Micro OfficeScan for those managed by the central IT Trend Micro server. WRS augments the antivirus and antispyware protection already offered in OfficeScan to add another layer of prevention against the rapidly evolving, increasingly sophisticated, quickly spreading, and growing number of malicious threats faced by K-Staters as they browse the Internet.
Web Reputation Services works by checking every web address you attempt to visit in a web browser and blocking access to those found in a list of known malicious sites. WRS works with all major web browsers, including Internet Explorer and Firefox.
K-State recommends upgrading Internet Explorer 6 to version 7 because the latter provides substantial security improvements. Internet Explorer web browser versions below 7 are becoming more difficult to support for current web-based applications in use at K-State. In particular, K-State Online no longer supports versions of Internet Explorer below version 7.
K-Staters who have problems with K-State Online using Internet Explorer 6 are advised to update to version 7 or switch to Firefox. Internet Explorer 7 and other compatible browsers are available at http://public.online.ksu.edu/support/downloads. If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk, email@example.com, 785-532-7722.