Apple is currently offering macOS 10.12 (Sierra) as an update. ITS does not currently support Sierra and recommends against installing this new operating system at this time. “Sierra” hasn’t been around long enough to have been thoroughly tested with all applications in use on campus. Please see http://go.middlebury.edu/sierra for more information.
We recommend upgrading to OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) if you are not already running it; this is currently the preferred operating system for college-owned Macintosh computers. Older operating systems are not updated; they also may not be able to browse to secure websites, and cannot run the latest version of Microsoft Office.
Caution: Back up your important data before upgrading your operating system! While we should always keep our information secure, upgrades pose an extra risk of data loss due to the sheer amount of work a hard drive goes through during this process. Performing an upgrade while on campus, using your Ethernet cable and power supply will provide best results. To upgrade your system, open the Self Service utility on college-owned Macs, then click on the OS category on the right.
If you have any questions or need help, please create a ticket at http://go.middlebury.edu/whd, and provide the “Property of Middlebury College” number for the computer you are using.
Be on the alert for a suspicious email *purportedly sent* from “Public Safety” with the subject line “You have 1 Unread mail!”. This is a confirmed phishing message, designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. If you find a copy of this message in your spam quarantine, please ignore it. This message was not sent from Middlebury’s Department of Public Safety, but was cleverly constructured to look like it was. If you find a copy of the message in your inbox, please delete it. Do not click on the links in the message or reply to the message.
For more information about phishing attacks, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phishing.
For more information about the spam quarantine, please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/spam.
Follow the arrows, and find some time for yourself! Take a break from your studies for just one – quiet – moment. You’ll feel refreshed, we promise.
Just follow the arrow
The Unplug and Recharge Room will be available through November on the Upper Level of the Davis Family Library, but you may borrow meditation cushions all year long from the circulation desks at the Davis Family Library and the Armstrong Library.
ITS is relaying to our campus customers an Alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team about Quicktime on Windows.
Apple has “deprecated” the Quicktime program and is calling for computer users to uninstall the program. Since this is a security risk, ITS has removed Quicktime on campus computers and replaced it with the VLC program which has been identified as a proper replacement. Many computers on campus already have VLC installed. Adobe is working on some patching of their products which may still depend on Quicktime. Please let us know if you run into any troubles with programs you use here on campus, by contacting the helpdesk (email@example.com) or creating a helpdesk ticket.
Thank you for your part in keeping our campus safe and secure.
Over the past couple of days Middlebury College has been the target of a well-crafted phishing campaign. Phishing messages are email messages designed to trick you into divulging your username and password. In this case, the phishing messages were written so that they looked like they were sent from Middlebury’s Department of Public Safety. An example of this phishing message is included below.
Middlebury’s email system was able to filter the vast majority of these phishing messages, delivering them into each recipient’s Spam Quarantine. Even with this protection, however, a few individuals released the messages from their quarantines, opened the messages, and clicked on the phishing links therein.
Always use caution with quarantined messages. The quarantine is specifically designed to protect you from phishing attacks. If you have any questions about a quarantined message, contact the Help Desk or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be glad to help.
Sample Phishing Message:
For more information on phishing please visit http://go.middlebury.edu/phish. For additional details about spam filtering and the spam quarantine, please review Spam Filtering at Middlebury.
Fixes and Tweaks
- Internships are now a course type in the Course Hub.
- We’ve made the “access denied” text on the Course Hub more clear to let people know when they can log in to view course materials and when no content is available.
- Added some emphasis to the text on the Directory advertising the “Department Directory“, which is a PDF of central phone numbers and addresses for offices and organizations.
- Fixed an issue with the administration interface for the Middlebury homepage story bars.
Beginning this week, we’ll include some highlights of the work we’re currently doing to keep you informed of upcoming changes.
- Adding integration with Google Drive folders for the Course Hub.
- Building out the configuration of our CAS, GO, MediaWiki, and Course Catalog servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal and WordPress environments.
- Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.
- Populating mailing lists in the MyEmma email system from Banner.