Summary of email updates in 2009
List of changes and improvements to email system in late 2009
NetID Central for password change
Thursday Oct. 8: updating passwords for Hunter NetID accounts now uses a special web application called "NetID Central".
Important points about NetID Central:
- Web application to change password for Hunter NetID only. Not related to PortalID
- Imposes a uniform password strength standard for NetID passwords
- Uses alternate contact info for NetID notifications or self-reset of forgotten password
- Current password will still work for now
- NetID Central is not a service gateway (e.g. a portal or webmail)
Student email conversion
Sunday November 21-22: student email converted from Exchange to the same system as that used for staff and faculty.
Important points about student email conversion:
- All NetIDs and email addresses are the same as before
- Existing student email folders, addressbooks and forwarding preferences moved
- Webmail and other methods of using Hunter email are the same for all email users whether student, faculty or staff
- Students who did not sign-in to NetID Central will need to do so to access the new system
Email anti-spam/virus defense (Mailguard) revised
Sunday November 22: "HC Mailguard" now uses a different technology. The most visible result is that Hunter email users have direct access to a 'Junk mail' folder on the server instead of receiving digests via email.
Important points about the new HC Mailguard:
- No more digests
- "Junk mail" folder accessible via Webmail or IMAP from desktop client
- Manage personal settings for Junk mail through Webmail
New version of Webmail deployed
Sunday November 22: Webmail 'enhanced version' added and made the default for all users.
Support for "submission port" (587 and TLS) to send Hunter email
November: desktop clients on and off campus can use port 587 with TLS for sending email for their Hunter accounts with Hunter email system.
Important points about using SMTP over port 587:
- Will work on-campus and with most ISP networks
- Eudora will prompt the user with an alert on the first attempt to send mail over port 587 with TLS.