Safe Computing


From Sophos Threatsaurus

  • Virus – malicious code, meant to destroy, hijack, replicate
  • Spam – unsolicited email, like junk mail
  • Malware – general term, program that with bad intentions
  • Phishing – messages which try to trick you into sharing sensitive information.


Simply: longer is better. Use a combination of upper & lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts.

Use a password manager such as LastPass.

What Can I Do

  • Resist clicking on links in emails; go to the site directly
  • Do keep your Windows/Mac OS up to date, set it for automatic updates
  • Do keep all your browser up to date. Use multiple browsers
  • Do install an antivirus and keep it up to date. Mac and smartphones too.
  • Do back up your files
  • Do use strong passwords; use different passwords for different sites/services; keep it private; use a password manager
  • Do protect your email address; have several email addresses
  • Do make sure your important sites eg. financial, medical, etc., use HTTPS; the browser.
  • Read the install screens


Get the Middlebury Antivirus: Sophos

This is available for free to the entre MIIS/Middlebury community.

How to Minimize Spam

  • Protect your email address
  • Have several email accounts for several purposes
  • Don’t post or allow it to be posted on sites.
  • Consider an email alias for work

Useful Resources

10 Tips to Prevent Malware

Safer Online Shopping

Middlebury Information Security Education

How Computers Get Infected

Password Managers,2817,2407168,00.asp

Protect your phone

Smartphone Tips

Are iPad/iPhones Safe

Now Accepting New Members

New SAT Members








Dear Friends,

The Staff Advisory Team (S.A.T.) openly invites each of you to apply to join the team.  In addition to community celebrations, this year we are proud to say that we have been a part of the following movements on campus.

  • The implementation and  organization of  the employee years of service recognition event
  • Served as the voice of staff for the November 20th Board of Overseers Visit
  • Planning and supporting a variety of staff development workshops on both technological and interpersonal skills
  • The streamlining of communication through educational opportunities such as : Middlebury and the Matrix Presentation, Navigating Human Resources Across Middlebury, and the recently begun Staff Networking Meetings

S.A.T. sets their agenda based off of the Staff Survey.  On a continuous basis,   S.A.T. works with the Vice President’s Office, Human Resources, and the Staff Constituent Member of the Board of Overseers (Kenley Butler) to make possible opportunities and suggestions for improvements on campus.  We connect with staff in Middlebury and we also work to support the MIIS community and their departmental missions by co-hosting events such as the Alumni Relations Chili Lunch Break.

We are asking that all interested applicants provide the following information:

  • Name and Department
  • Reason why they would like to join S.A.T
  • At least  one impact/change they would like to be a part of implementing on campus
  • At least  one event/workshop you would like to schedule for staff participation

Applications will be due by close of business on Friday, May 15th, 2015.  As set forth by the creators of S.A.T. in 2009, applicants must not be part of the senior administration of MIIS campus.  As S.A.T. prides itself on maintaining a voluntary, dynamic, diverse, and flexible team we hope that we will receive applications from members of all departments on campus with a variety of different skill sets and talents.  If you should have any questions in regards to time commitment and the running of S.A.T. please feel free to contact us upon your convenience at .  Your questions are always welcome.  Here are the bios on the current members:


S.A.T. Team (Lauren Patron-Castro, Angie Quesenberry, Sam Bravo, Trish Aportela, Catherine Snapp,  and Maria Osorio)

Peace Corps Calendars Available

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The MIIS Peace Corps Club is selling beautiful calendars so that they can send care packages to PCMIs (Peace Corps Master’s International) students that are currently serving around the world.  This year’s calendars are $15 each and make great gifts for the holiday season!  Please contact Peace Corps Club Vice President Kelly Quackenbush at if you are interested!  The Peace Corps Club thanks you for your continued support of their activities.




Things to do on the Monterey Peninsula

Ever wanted to wait out the traffic after work but were at a loss for something to do while you waited.  Well, can help with this dilemna. This website has listings for different attractions, things to do,  insider tips for enjoying the outdoors, restaurants, and food and wine events.  Click and enjoy!  Below are pictures of different venues around the peninsula that feature some of the events and activities that Monterey has to offer.

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