Computer security tips
Keep your computer updated at all times and
don’t forget third party applications such as Adobe, Flash and Java. They don’t get updated
automatically. It’s important to log out from your account
when using public computers. By not doing so, you’re putting yourself at risk, because
others will be able to view and access your account. Meet Jack. He’s a UH student and a frequent
online shopper. He uses his credit card information to purchase something online, but he forgets
to log out when he leaves. Here come Steve and Mike. Mike uses the same
computer Jack used and sees Jack’s credit card information. They both knew what they
were gonna do with it: a brand new home theater system for themselves at Jack’s expense. Jack gets his credit card statement and he
is definitely NOT very happy. Bad move, Jack! Remember to choose strong passwords instead
of weak passwords. Weak passwords are like leaving your keys in your door, allowing anyone
to access your personal space or information. Strong passwords greatly reduce that risk,
because they have a minimum of 8 characters including upper and lower case letters, numbers
0 through 9 and unique symbols such as the pound, dollar and asterisk sign. Always log out of web sites by clicking “Log
out” on the site. Just closing the browser window doesn’t log you out. Here comes Rita. She uses a public computer
to check her email. She then gets a pop up asking her if she would like to save her password.
Rita thinks…and she finally decides to say no. Good job, Rita! U of H offers antivirus software free for
all students, faculty and staff, and you can download it from the IT security website. Never open suspicious email attachments. Hackers
use email attachments to send viruses to computers. An email virus can destroy files on your hard
drive and re-send itself to other users. Here’s Jack again. He is busy using the computer.
Oh, wait! Jack gets an email with an attachment. Jack doesn’t think too much before deciding
to open the attachment. Jack’s attachment came with a virus and he released it into
his computer. Not a smart move, Jack!