Your MIT email address is of the form <username>@mit.edu, where <username> is your MIT Athena username (also known as your Kerberos ID).
MIT's centralized mail service keeps one's mail on MIT servers, allowing one to access the mail from a variety of email clients and from any computer with internet access. While using cron cluster computers, please only use the web based client owa.mit.edu. We recommend this owing to the way MacAthena and WinAthena are engineered.
OWA (Outlook Web Access)
OWA is the only way to access your email when on a cron cluster computer or when without your personal computer. OWA is available at owa.mit.edu. For those of you who wish to use an email client like Apple Mail, or Microsoft Outlook on your personal computer, visit COMP : Personal for details.
MIT handle spam screening for you. All you need do is customize settings to relax or tighten the the criteria for spam. An excellent description with links to customization pages can be found here. Note that users are often inundated by emails warning of email or account issues. These are all specious and should be ignored. Never click on any embedded links in such emails. Simply delete the email forthwith or ask cron if unsure of its legitimacy.
DUSP Mailing Lists
DUSP email lists are to be used for Department, academic and administrative announcements only. All Department members are asked to use good judgment; address email to the smallest, relevant group possible. Seldom, if ever, should the top-level 'dusp' list be used. Other postings, particularly items for discussion, should be directed to plaza.mit.edu. All communications should be respectful in tone, in keeping with a collegial department atmosphere.
How to Read the Mail List Tree
Email sent to any parent node on the tree, is sent to all its members including the members of the node's children. For example, an email addressed to the 'duspstu' list is sent to all members of the following lists: 'duspstu', duspphd', 'duspmcp', duspms', and 'duspund'. As 'duspphd' and 'duspmcp' are themselves nodes, this same message is sent on to all their members including the members of their children:'phd1', 'phd2', 'phd3', 'mcp1' and 'mcp2'.
Be sure you are sending to the most restrictive list possible. For example, should your message be directed to first year MCPs, do not send it to 'duspmcp' nor 'duspstu' nor 'dusp'. Send it to 'mcp1'.
All emails sent to these lists must originate from an MIT email address.
Architecture Mailing Lists
DUSP community, please do not spam the Architecture lists given on this page unless very good cause! Architecture email lists are to be used for department, academic and administrative announcements only. All are asked to use good judgment; address email to the smallest, relevant group possible. Seldom, if ever, should the top-level 'archall' list be used. All communications should be respectful in tone, in keeping with a collegial department atmosphere. All emails sent to these lists must originate from an MIT email address.