Welcome Back Students
August 26th, 2009
The Information Security Office (ISO) welcomes you to the 2009 - 2010 academic year. The ISO reminds you of the following safety tips, which will keep you safe online, and protect your data and computers:
- Change your Andrew account password often and use a strong passphrase. The ISO recommends changing your password once every 90 days. A strong password or passphrase consists of letters, numbers and symbols. For more information on how to manage your Andrew account password, visit Managing Your Andrew Account Password at https://ww.cmu.edu/computing/doc/accounts/passwords/
- Never send your Andrew ID and password or other confidential information in an email or in response to an email. A request to do so is likely a phishing attempt.
- Update your personal machine anti-virus and anti-spyware regularly.
- Think before you click on attachments in email, instant messages, and untrusted Web sites. If you don't know the source, weren't expecting a message, or if a message/Website looks suspicious, do not click and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION! Verify the request first with a phone call or an independent email. One bad click can infect your computer, launch attacks on others, and result in network suspension until your machine is disinfected.
Adhere to Copyright & Intellectual Property Laws. Carnegie Mellon supports the fair usage of creative works. At the same time, it is committed to protecting intellectual property and copyrights and takes a strong stance against any violation of these laws. Non-compliance can result in disciplinary action or loss of network connectivity. This includes unauthorized sharing of music, movies, games and other files over a Peer-to-Peer network. For more information, visit:
The ISO encourages you to visit https://www.cmu.edu/iso/ often for security alerts, news, safe computing practices, training events and help with securing your computer. As always, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments. Have a great year!
Information Security Office
Carnegie Mellon University