INS helps protect students’ digital livesPosted: April 28, 2014
With the number of hackers and identity thieves continually on the rise, INS has recently launched a new campaign to help students improve their IT safety.
Recently, a baby made headlines when she bought a car on eBay using her dad’s smartphone. Although the family found the (cheap) purchase quite amusing, the incident has again highlighted the potentially devastating effects that a lack of mobile device security can have.
With people increasingly storing sensitive data on their smartphones, laptops and PCs, the opportunities to exploit privacy weaknesses are more tempting than ever. 
In an effort to minimise the impact this can have on students, Library and IT staff have recently completed a “security blitz”, encouraging students to increase their IT security, with the following messages:
- How safe is your mobile device? Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information and your money. Don’t worry – there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and only giving out your personal information when you have a good reason.
- Protect your digital life on your mobile device! When you lend your mobile device, did you realise you are also sharing your internet account, email and Facebook?
- Don’t forget to log out! After your first registration of your mobile device on Griffith WiFi, you never have to log on to use the internet again. While this makes it convenient and easy for you to use, remember not to share the device with someone else, as all their internet will be billed and logged against you!
The messages will continue to be promoted to students throughout the year. For more information, students and staff can visit the IT security website.