UMd. says adios to telnet access for student email
For the hell of it I was dicking around with telnet on my web browser and entered the address of the email server I logged onto as a student at Maryland. I can honestly say during my tenure, I never used a web-based method of accessing those emails, except maybe once or twice. I think for the first year or two there was no web-based method and the other two I just was too darn comfortable with telnet, no HTML emails, just unadulterated unformatted text, although I did use my Yahoo! account frequently as well.
Anyway, as of 1 August 2005, UMD will thoroughly do away with telnet to access email:
Another thing. My email username was four character long, and looking back nostalgically the other day, I tried to use that username to sign up another Google account, but alas, they have to be 7 characters in length or so at least. And to think back in my day when I'd frequently get my Telnet on and flame people with incendiary diatribe emails, our usernames were LIMITED to eight characters in length.
Security Alert: Removal of Services using Cleartext
Network programs such as telnet, ftp, and common e-mail protocols transfer data across the network unencrypted (in the clear) on the network and are therefore exposed to programs capable of capturing traffic as it flows from one device to another. Exposing accounts, passwords, and data in this manner not only makes our systems vulnerable, it puts the University at risk of violating federal privacy regulations.As a result, effective August 1, 2005, OIT will no longer provide telnet or ftp services on any of the following public systems: WAM, Glue, and Deans.
Effective October 1, 2005, OIT will no longer provide non-secure e-mail (imap and pop) services on any of the following public systems: WAM, Glue, Deans and Mail@umd.
The remote terminal capabilities of the telnet program will be replaced by ssh, which is available on all major computing platforms at no cost. ssh, short for "secure shell," encrypts all data transmitted on the network.