DUE Desktop Support Corner: Security Tips

DUE Desktop Support

October was National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  DUE Desktop Support (compu-squad@mit.edu) sent out some important security tips on what each of us can do to protect our computers, data and privacy:

#1 - If you have sensitive data for a person other than yourself on your computer, you are required by law to protect that information.

You have sensitive data if you have an individual’s First Name or First Initial, Last Name + any one or more of the following:
Social Security Number
Driver’s License or State issued ID Number
Bank, ATM/Debit Card, Credit Card Number

You can use Identity Finder to SHRED, SECURE or IGNORE, the matches found on your computer.

View Identity Finder – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

# 2 - Ensure your files are backed up on a regular basis.

TSM Backup is required of all DUE/DSL computers provided and supported by DUE Desktop Support.

#3 - Use MIT SECURE or MIT SECURE N instead of the regular MIT or MIT N wireless networks.

The wireless network named "MIT" is a completely open network. The MIT and MIT N networks will eventually be phased out.
View the IS&T website on how to connect to MIT Secure or MIT Secure N for your laptop or other mobile devices.

#4 - Clear Your Browser Cache

If you use your browser to access sensitive data, the data might remain stored on your computer in your browser cache.
View IS&T help on how to clear your browser cache.

# 5 - Protect Your Own Personal Information!

It is your responsibility to know what others such as your school, place of employment, doctor's office, and bank are doing to protect your information. Some of the common sense things you can do to keep your information private and out of the hands of unauthorized individuals:

- Create strong passwords for online accounts

- Shop Safe on the Internet using secure online payment services such as PayPal or "ShopSafe".

- Stay aware of the risks of using the Internet, email and social engineering tactics.