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

Staff Development

Dear Colleagues,

Just a reminder, Human Resources continues to make available staff development funds that support a variety of work-related activities to improve employee job skills.   More detailed information can be found on the attached application or on the HR web page:

Funds allocated for staff development are limited and applications go through an approval process.   Please do not make financial commitments until you receive an approval notification from HR.   The maximum amount an employee may request is $1,250, though typical requests should be in the range of $500 to $750.

We hope you take advantage of this excellent opportunity for meeting staff development needs.   If you have any questions about this benefit, please do not hesitate to contact me.


R. Michael Ulibarrí, SPHR

Human Resources Manager

Monterey Institute of International Studies


831.647.6445 fax


*CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  The information contained in this e-mail message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, and have received this communication in error, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all copies of the original message.  Thank you.


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Middlebury Links

Here are some helpful links to some of the Middlebury sites that you might find useful.

Sites DOT MIISThe Middlebury Institute site network.