As you can see with the 10 Golden Rules, part of IT security is being able to protect your online identity. This means ensuring your personal information is safe and that your accounts are not used by anyone other than you.
If your account details are compromised someone may use your log in details to send viruses or offensive messages, or to access illegal material which you will be held responsible for. If your personal information is not secure identity thieves can gain access to your bank.
Spam and phishing emails are the most common way for accounts to be compromised. Neither the University or any other reputable organisation will ever send you emails asking you to input, confirm or validate account and/or personal details. There is more information on spam and phishing emails on the IT website.
Sharing your account details, even with friends and family, is not only against the terms of your account but it can also cause you technical problems. For example you may only log onto one cluster computer on campus at a time, and if someone changes your password on the wireless network (eduroam) all your devices may be locked out.
You are responsible for your own safety, so its important to know how to protect yourself online.
- Do not write down log in details to your accounts.
- Do not tell anyone your password, even someone you know.
- Do not share your personal data online, especially the kind of information required for banking.
- Do not click on links in emails that direct you to enter your log in information to verify, confirm or validate your account.
- Secure your personal computer by installing anti-virus software (See the topic on Protecting Your Computer)
- If you think that your account has been hacked, change your password and report it to the IT Service Desk.