Weekly Tech Update: Your What's What of IT News

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June 3 


Appointment slots to become appointment schedules

In July, Google will be getting rid of the "appointment slots" function and replacing it with an "appointment schedules" function. Miami users who are currently using the "appointment slots" function will be contacted individually about this notice. You can learn more by visiting their website

Google Sync to be deprecated

Google Sync is a tool that allows users to link their Miami Gmail, Calendar, and Contacts to third-party, platform-specific apps. For example, iPhone users can use Google Sync to sign in with Microsoft Exchange to get Miami Gmail messages in Apple Mail or Calendar events in the Apple Calendar native app.

With the deprecation of this tool, you will need to configure your mail, calendar, and contact apps to "Sign in with Google" instead of with just a password. This feature will be removed on Sept. 30, 2024. 

Miami users who are currently using the Google Sync service will be contacted individually about this notice! Read more about this at Google's support site. 


New security feature now requiring non-Miami recovery email

As we update our campus's cybersecurity, we have updated our Password Utilities tool including its recovery options. Beginning Friday, June 28, 2024, every Miami person will be required to have a non-Miami recovery email listed in the MUnet Password Utilities system. 

Why are we putting this system in place? At Miami, we have 2 ways to recover a forgotten password:

  1. Send a passcode to your phone via SMS
  2. Send a code to a recovery email address on file

However, if you don't have any of these options set up, you then have to go through the long process of contacting IT Help to get back into your Miami account. To avoid this frustrating and time consuming process (and to get back into your account in a hurry) having a recovery email is super beneficial. By requiring a non-Miami recovery email you are able to reset your password yourself. Not only that, but it will also guarantee that changing your password will be simpler, quicker, and more secure. 

If you already have a recovery email address in the system, you don't have to worry about anything. If you don't, after June 28, the next time you log into the MUnet Password Utilities tool at, you will be asked to provide a non-Miami recovery email address. In fact, we recommend going ahead and doing that now so that you don’t have to worry about it in the future!



Our ShredFest 2024 article is live! Be sure to check it out to get a recap of all that happened and how we, once again, were given the opportunity to connect with the community. Again, thank you to everyone who contributed in both setting everything up and bringing documents to shred. We look forward to seeing you again next year!