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Email, Calendar, & Collaboration

Access and manage your email account and calendar. Learn how to collaborate with colleagues over the phone, by text, or online, including video conferencing.


Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox for Business is available to the entire MIT community.

Spam Filtering

Unwanted and unsolicited email is on average 78% of all email sent. To reduce the amount of "spam" coming into our inboxes, filters have been put in place on MIT's email system.

Most malware attacks occur through a combination of spam and compromised web pages. Interacting with spam can put your personal information at risk as well as download a virus to your machine that may spread to other computers on the network.

Instant Messaging

On Windows and Macintosh, Jabber is the instant messaging (IM) system that allows MIT users to communicate with one another and Jabber users elsewhere on the Internet.

On Athena, there are two primary messaging services: Zephyr and Jabber. Zephyr is used internally at MIT but Jabber can be used to communicate both with other MIT users and with other chat services that use the Jabber protocol (such as Google Talk/Gmail Chat).

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