Microsoft’s OneDrive file storage system has just been turned on for all staff, faculty, and students on the Middlebury campus and at MIIS. Now that our e-mail has successfully moved to the cloud, we turn next to Middfiles “home” folders. Don’t panic! You’re not in this alone — we’re here to help. To take advantage of the many benefits of cloud storage, you’ll want to begin by moving the contents of your “home” folder from Middfiles to OneDrive. (“Orgs” and “Classes” folders on Middfiles are staying put for now.) If you are already using cloud storage through Google, you may certainly use this service instead. Our goal is for all of you to complete the move of your Middfiles “home” folders to the cloud by the end of this year.
In the upcoming weeks ITS will be scheduling training for partners across the Midd community so we can work together to assist anyone who needs a hand with this exciting, new service. We will also provide documentation, online tutorials, and workshops designed to get you moving your files quickly and easily, using methods that work best for you. Watch your email for upcoming details.
Looking for an ebook you used recently but that seems to have vanished? Let us know right away; we can probably get it back. Our major ebook program is undergoing some changes due to soaring costs and increasing publisher restrictions on usage. A large number of titles will disappear from our catalog this week. The process is designed to leave available anything that’s been used recently, but because of behind-the-scenes technical work, there’s a lag between the vendor’s most recent usage reports and the actual catalog-record deletion. As a result, you may have used a title in the last two weeks and now can’t find it again. Just ask us to recover it, and if our supplier still has it available, we will!
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.
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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.
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.
Now available at the Davis Family Library for Middlebury students, faculty and staff! Make your own reservations for group studies and video viewing rooms. It’s easy to see pre-existing reservations, pick a time, and even cancel if necessary — all online.
The libraries are pleased to support the Art and Science of Mindful Engagement during the Clifford Symposium and beyond. Dip into a few recommended books on display, let a podcast walk you through a guided meditation, and disconnect from daily stressors in the Unplug and Recharge Room. (Or, borrow meditation cushions from the Circulation Desk and use them anywhere in the library!)
All will be available during regular library hours now through mid-October.
Library Book Display (Davis Family Library): Recommendations from faculty, students, and staff for mindfulness and meditation readings. Browse and borrow whatever you like! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.
Guided Meditation Station (Davis Family Library): Pick a blue chair, put on the headphones, and hit “play.” A professional will walk you through a short guided meditation exercise. Try it and see how you feel afterward! Located on the main level of the Davis Family Library.
Unplug and Recharge Room (Davis Family Library): Take a break and disconnect from daily stressors. A secluded corner of the library will be screened off to create a temporary Unplug and Recharge Room with meditation cushions and soft lighting. Located on the upper level of the Davis Family Library.
Meditation Cushions (Davis Family Library and Armstrong Library): Thanks to the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, we are able to offer loaner meditation cushions for the whole school year. Check them out from the Circulation Desk, and use them anywhere in the library for 2 hours.
It is important for each of us to be aware of the increasing security risks to our increasingly connected lives. From laptops and tablets to smartphones and wearable technology, and 24/7 access to our personal data, the risk of sensitive information being exposed is very real.
Be Data Aware:
Travel with, save, or record ONLY the data that is necessary and essential. Always redact or remove unnecessary sensitive data. Always keep your data backed-up and encrypted, when possible.
Protect Your Device:
Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet, or laptop right now! iOS devices automatically encrypt your data once a passcode has been set. Android devices can encrypt your data with a few minor settings changes.
Use Strong & Unique Passwords or Passphrases:
Especially for online banking and other important accounts.
Use Multi-Factor Authentication when available:
Middlebury is introducing MFA for O365 and other services in 2016. Use MFA wherever possible.
Check Your Social Media Settings:
Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable MFA whenever possible. Keep your social media accounts current or close them.