How safe is your digital life?Posted: October 15, 2014
We all lock our doors to keep our houses safe, but just how do we keep ourselves safe online? This articles explores a range of simple things we can all do to help keep our digital lives safe.
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? Make sure to sign out of all your accounts and wireless before you do so.
Computer security is in your hands
- Log out correctly before turning off your computer
- Never share your passwords
- Report security issues here
Why should I log out?
If you don’t log out properly you risk:
- having your internet quota stolen,
- getting viruses,
- having your email hacked into.
How safe is your password?
“My bank doesn’t make me change my password” You are responsible for any activity which takes place from your account. If you have any suspicion that your account is being used by somebody other than you, immediately change your password.
Some simple rules for keeping your account safe.
- Don’t write your password down, you wouldn’t write down your credit card pin.
- One of the most common things people do when creating a stronger password is to use a word or name followed by two digits (usually a birth year, age or the current year), followed by an exclamation mark. It’s best to avoid this format.
- The easiest ways for somebody to find out your password is for them to watch you type it in (commonly known as “shoulder surfing”) or for them to find it written down.
Griffith Policies require that your account be kept safe, the following will help:
- Ensure your password is at least 8 characters long and contains a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation.
- Never re-use passwords, and never use a series of passwords which follow a predictable pattern (for example using the same word each time along with an incrementing number).
- Use a different password for Griffith to what you use for banking, Facebook, and personal email.
- Make it memorable. Longer passwords made up of several words can be easier to remember and safer.
- Never share your password. Not even with colleagues, friends or family.
- Never respond to any email which demands you reply to it with your username and password.
- Griffith IT Support will NEVER ask you to give them your password via email, phone, or in person.
Don’t be the catch of the day
Beware of Phishing emails pretending to be a legitimate email from a business or organisation, and attempt to fool the recipients into revealing sensitive personal information, usually in the form of credit card numbers or important passwords.
A common one claiming to be from a bank and states your account will be closed if you don’t login immediately. The email looks legitimate and even has a handy link to the login page. However, this is bogus and instead you are giving the phishers your bank login details when you try to access the site. Some versions of this email will even log you into the real site so you don’t realise anything is amiss.