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Updated: 29 August 2001

Chebucto User and Neighbourhood Account
Agreements updated

Due to the recent spate of internet viruses and similar mischief, the Chebucto Community Net User Agreement and Neighbourhood Account agreements have been modified to help give Chebucto administrators additional options for dealing with problems.

The previous Clause 2 has been modified to include the restriction of account services and privileges in the event of untoward account activity and a new Clause 8 has been added to explicitly allow virus and spam filtering of mail and data. The new Chebucto User Agreement can be found here and the new Neighbourhood Account Agreement can be found here. The new Agreements are in effect now for all users.

Virus filtering successful

Mail filters designed to trap the W32/SirCam and Hybris worms have proven to be effective. The filters, which check for particular patterns within the virus structure, trapped more than 1000 virus-laden emails within their first 48 hours of operation. While there are no current plans to add more viruses to the filter, the filter design allows for it. Chebucto's filtering of these particular viruses should not be considered a substitute for users protecting themselves with good anti-virus software kept up-to-date with current virus patterns.

Email viruses hit Chebucto users

Email viruses continue to cause trouble for Chebucto text and Chebucto Plus users.

Windows 2000 and Windows NT users are vulnerable to the Code Red and Code Red II worms. There is a software patch that protects these users from these worms and instructions for applying the software patch here:

As mentioned in the news item above, Chebucto now filters for the W32/ SirCam and Hybris worms. There have been some reports of user infection with other viruses, notably the Magistr worm.

The Chebucto Community Net strongly recommends that all Chebucto Plus users have anti-virus software and that they keep their virus definitions updated frequently, no less than once a month.

An excellent source of information is Chebucto UserHelp Team Leader Norman De Forest's Anti-Virus page, which includes links to more information and help in fixing an infected computer:

Chebucto Vice Chair Resigns

James Carroll, popular Vice Chair of the Chebucto Community Net Society has resigned due to his new job in Ottawa moving him away from Halifax. James was originally hired to help Chebucto run a member survey and became heavily involved in volunteer duties, joining the Chebucto Board and soon after the Board Executive Committee, where he served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice Chair in quick succession.

A powerhouse of an organizer, when you could catch him as he whizzed past, James' ready wit and sense of fair play will be missed.

Outlook user email advisory

After the recent wave of viruses specifically targetting users of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express email programs, and the constant stream of user complaints about randomly altered program settings and difficulty using the program, the Chebucto Community Net Office and the Chebucto Technical Committee recommend our users do not use either Outlook or Outlook Express as their email program.

Windows Users can find a selection of email programs available for download here and Macintosh users can find a selection of email programs here.

New Chebucto By-Laws now in effect

The new Chebucto Community Net Society By-Laws approved by Special Resolution at this year's AGM have been approved by the Provincial government and are now in effect. The new By-Laws can be found here and through the Chebucto text service by using the g)o bylaws shortcut (when in Lynx, type gbylaws then hit Enter or Return).

Chebucto gets a new domain name!

Chebucto has acquired the new domain name This new name can be used for web page addresses on Chebucto as well as email addresses on Chebucto. The existing domain name will still work for both web page addresses and email addresses and there is no plan to discontinue it. Users are advised to only use to subscribe to mailing lists due to the configuration of outgoing mail from Chebucto.



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