OIT offers tips for staying safe online
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 14:09
The beginning of the semester is always busy, and students have a lot to remember. You are responsible for keeping your ETSU account secure.
Here are a few things that will help reduce security risks during this busy time:
• Always use a strong password, never write it down, and never use a word that people can easily guess, like your pet’s name.
• Never share your password with anyone.
• ETSU will never ask you to respond to an email with your username and password.
• Your bank, credit card company, ISP, email provider, a rich prince who wants to give you money — no one — should ever ask you to respond to an email with your username and password.
• We will not tell you about email upgrades, expired accounts or quotas exceeded in an email. If there is an email problem, we would never use email to tell you about it.
• Your spouse, parent, sibling, girlfriend/boyfriend, roommate, doesn’t need your password.
• Don’t click on links unless you know exactly where they are going and you should have a good reason for going there.
• Don’t open unexpected attachments from strangers.
• Don’t download software off the internet unless you know exactly what it is and that is it legitimate. It could be spyware.
• Don’t forward chain email or hoaxes.
• Always log off public/lab computers.
• If you have questions, contact the OIT Help Desk at email@example.com or call 439-4648.
For more helpful tips, there is a video created by ETSU’s Computer Science faculty Dr. Michael Lehrfeld available on YouTube.
More videos like this will be available soon on the ETSU website.
You may also want to visit the National Cyber Security Alliance web page at http://www.staysafeonline.org and click on “I want to Stay Safe Online”.