Author Archives: Mary Backus

Avoid sending event cancellations by mistake

Recently, there have been a rash of people (myself included) accidently cancelling events. Here is a description of why this so easily can happen, and how to avoid falling into the trap.

If you have an Iphone and you use the Outlook app for IOS, Microsoft has added a “feature” : when you receive an email (not a calendar invitation) that contains a date and time, it automatically turns the date and time into a link. When you click on the link, it asks “Do you want to create an event?” and if you say yes, it puts the event on your calendar, which itself is great, BUT, it sends invitations from you to everyone who received the original email. When your phone then starts exploding with “out of office” and can’t deliver messages, you cancel the event on your calendar to stop the onslaught, which sends a cancellation to everyone who received the original email. There is no warning that this is what is going to happen.

So, although it is very tempting to create a calendar event by clicking on a link in an email, please be sure that you want to invite all of the recipients before you do!

Many accounts require password reset due to recent phishing attack

Almost 100 people fell victim to a “phishing” email purporting to announce an “Important Meeting”. In order to protect the rest of the Middlebury account holders, the accounts which were compromised were disabled, and will need a password reset. If you have trouble logging in to your Middlebury account, it is likely that you are one of the victims of this attack. Please visit and reset your network password. This is an important warning to all that we should be extremely cautious about clicking on a link in an email. Although these phishing emails are well disguised, there are clues that they are not valid, so please think twice before clicking on any link in an email. More helpful hints on how to protect yourself can be found here: