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Protect Myself

Top 5 Tips

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

Password Tips

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.

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