1. Be password savvy
- Don’t share or reuse passwords
- We encourage the use of hard-to-guess passwords or pass phrases.
- Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts
- Do not write them down
2. Don’t get "phished"
- Don’t respond to emails or phone calls requesting confidential Information, especially if unsolicited. Remember it is OK to say NO.
- Always ask for a contact name and phone number to return the call after you have verified and researched their legitimacy.
- Avoid following links in emails. Don’t click on unknown links! Instead navigate from the official website.
Phishing and spam information
3. Internet Privacy and Social Networks
- Once you post something online assume it will be out there forever.
- A good rule of thumb is to only post information you would be willing to put on a banner in a public place.
- Social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), personal web pages, and blogs are great places for people to find personal information about you -- and once you post something, you can't take it back.
4. File Sharing and Copyright Information
- File Sharing or P2P (Peer-to-Peer) is a popular way to download and upload information.
- Although P2P is not illegal to use, sharing copyrighted information (eg. music, videos, movies, text books, games, software) is illegal without the copyright holder's expressed authorization.
- Act responsibly and ethically with respect to ownership of intellectual property.
CUNY's Policies on File Sharing and Copyright Infringement
5. Be Browser Smart!
- Many public computers are available to access the internet, take care not to leave any traces of personal information behind.
- Make sure to clear browser data, log off sites, and do not use public computers to make purchases online.
- Log off the computer station so the next person has to use his or her own NETID to gain access.