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Information Security Awareness at Medgar Evers College – September 2013
All Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to take this 30 minute Security Awareness Course.
CUNY IT Security Procedures
Free Anti-Virus software: The University has made available free anti-virus protection for all CUNY students, faculty and staff. You are encouraged to log into the CUNY Portal (www.cuny.edu) to obtain your single free copy of the software to protect your home computer or laptop. Keeping your home computers up to date with anti-virus software will prevent the spread of viruses to your portable USB drives and other media.
Upon logging in the CUNY Portal, click CUNY eMALL at the top of the page. On the CUNYeMALL page > click Software > select McAfee > Start Shopping, > clickMore Software. Choose McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise for your Windows machine or VirusScan for your Mac. Follow the instructions to download the program. Secure your computer. Check that your anti-virus and anti-spyware software are running properly and are receiving automatic updates from the vendor.
Upgrade your browser. Upgrade your Internet browser to the most recent version available. Review the browser’s security settings. Apply the highest level of security available that still gives you the functionality you need.
Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
Protect Your Personal Information.
Secure your accounts: Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer new ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site. If available activate 2 step verification.
Make passwords long and strong: Combine capital and lowercase letters with 6-8 digits of numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
Unique account, unique password: Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
Write it down and keep it safe: Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer or use an online password application.
Own your online presence: When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites and apps to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.
Protect Yourself from the Dangers and Penalties of Copyright Infringement
P2P file-sharing programs are not illegal. If you own the copyright in the music, movie, software or other file you want to share, if you have the permission of the copyright holder, or if the material is not covered by copyright, you can share the file. Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, see the FAQ’s at the U.S. Copyright Office website.
Also read the http://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/la/copyright-materials/file-sharing.html
Connect with Care.
Protect your money: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites is security enabled. Look for web addresses with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. “Http://” is not secure.
Be Web Wise.
Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information. Legitimate sites never ask for personal information.
Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely on a secure portable drive or in a cloud account.
Learn more at these sites.
National Cyber Security Alliance
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
New York State Consumer Protection Board
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