Internet Responsibility and Precautions
Personal Safety via the Web
- Don’t post personal info such as your name, address, phone numbers, social security and credit card numbers online.
- Make sure you have strong passwords and never share them with anyone. For example, don’t use your initials, phone numbers, birthday or other easy to guess passwords. (Note: EC will never ask for your PW via email or online. If you get an email that says it’s from EC and asks for your PW, it is a phishing email and is trying to trick you. Do not give your PW out!)
- Never give out or upload personal info or pictures on a website such as MySpace or Facebook that you may regret later. (Drunken parties, nudity, questionable statements or language) It can come back to haunt you.
- Never agree to meet someone in person that you only met online.
- Keep the email address you use to register for things online impersonal. Don’t use anything that can ID you.
- Keep your whereabouts private. Don’t give out info online as to where you’ll be at a certain time.
Computer Safety and Precautions
- Web surfing “questionable” sites can result in an excess of “malware” (bots, viruses, cookies, adware, spyware, etc.) They can cause your computer to run slow, corrupt or destroy files, steal personal information, crash your system. (Harmful downloads can include: Screensavers, Toolbars, Weather bug, IM) If a “questionable” website asks you to download something and you don’t recognize what it is, it’s better to say “no”. (Websites from well known companies or organizations are usually OK).
- Protect your computer with virus protection and anti-spyware software. Use personal firewalls and setup filters to screen out spam and other unwanted e-junk. Run scans and a disc defragmenting regularly to clean your computer’s hard drive and restore its efficiency.
- Buy a backup thumb drive or hard drive and constantly backup all your important stuff
Copyright and Other Legal Violations
- Be aware of copyright and intellectual property rights re: material published on the web. Basically, copying or using another’s work, whether from a print, web based, digital or other electronically recorded medium without the author’s written permission constitutes a copyright violation. Here’s a good place to start http://www.copyright.com/Services/copyrightoncampus/ Also, the University of Maryland has an excellent website on this subject at http://www.umuc.edu/library/copy.shtml
- Illegal downloads and P2P file sharing - Students who engage in substantial downloading of copyright - protected media and other material (music, videos, games, etc.) and P2P file sharing of copyright-protected materials may be subject to serious liability. Universities are under no obligation to accept responsibility for, or to help defend, the activities of students in illegal file sharing. In fact, many universities have issued policies and statements specifically disclaiming responsibility for illegal P2P file sharing. Endicott will turn you over to the authorities if it can be established that you engaged in such illegal activities.
Here is Endicott’s Acceptable Use Policy, which you all had to sign off on when you first logged in to our network, did you read it? ;-) …as well as our Terms and Conditions of Use for the web.
Other Web Resources
National Cyber Security Alliance http://www.staysafeonline.org
MS-ISAC Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center
(Riley, James, RED Staffer, “Keeping Your Identity Safe and Private” Internet Safety- Be Red Back to School- http://teens.aol.com/college/school-safety/internet-safety)