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The Information Technology Department is committed to ensuring a safe computing environment for all of our users. We all use the Internet on a regular basis for a variety of reasons, therefore a safe and secure network is critical to our campus. This site provides you with tips, information, and resources for keeping our network and your information safe.
How to stay safe online:
- First and most important, do not share your account username and password with anyone or enter your account information on ANY unknown web site. This applies to your BlueNet account and any other account (such as personal e-mail or online banking) that you access via the Internet. You should never be asked for your password, especially via an e-mail message!
- Choose strong passwords that cannot be easily guessed, change your password often, and don’t write them down or store them on the computer!
- Install an anti-virus software and keep it up to date. We use McAfee Enterprise on campus computers and offer McAfee Anti-Virus + Anti-Spyware for free for your off-campus computer (visit www.ccsu.edu/its/downloads to get a copy for your off-campus computer).
- Do not open e-mail attachments or respond to e-mail messages from unknown senders.
- Do not install free software from the Internet without verifying that it is legitimate – many “free” software packages come loaded with spyware and adware.
- Beware of clicking on messages from pop-up windows on the Internet. Many disguise themselves as legitimate security warnings, but are actually viruses, adware, or spyware.
- Do not navigate to unsafe web sites. On campus, we use McAfee site advisor to help you determine which sites are safe. We highly recommend you install this free add-on at home as well (visit www.siteadvisor.com).
- Be sure to run Windows updates and software updates, including any security patches.
- Run Identity Finder regularly using these guidelines.