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.
Meet on the front porch of the Franklin Environmental Center (FEC) for the very popular Campus Tree Tour led by passionate Middlebury horticulturalist and tree expert Tim Parsons. This year, FEC is focusing on the theme Urban Innovations, Sustainable Solutions, which will include exploring connections between urban and rural. As part of the tour, Tim will explain why he manages our rural Vermont campus as an urban forest. Stick around after the tour for a tree planting, complete with hot cider and fresh local donuts. Bring your willingness to learn about and to get a little dirty.
And this is a sneak preview-
Anyway, where have I been and what am I thinking?
Anyone blogging in an academic setting probably knows the difficulty. I liken it to a lead weight between my shoulders. I know I should be posting more, but being surrounded in an environment filled with people much smarter than I means a blog post needs to be weighty, relevant, and not a stream of consciousness this is turning into. In short, a blog post is something that takes considerable inertia to start.
But start I shall. And, naturally, I’m starting with the landscape. Come on my tree walk, I’m picturing it as an “Envisioning Middlebury-Landscape Edition”, to piggyback off the excellent work the community conversations around this topic that are happening. Un-facilitated though, unless you count the trees. (I’ll show you how they are talking back to us.) Landscape is not static, and as we discuss the future of Middlebury let’s not forget the outdoor physical environment as well.
Warning! 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 Quarantines. 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 crafted to trick you into divulging your Middlebury account username and password. 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: