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Welcome Back Students

January 21, 2010

Dear Students,

Happy 2010 New Year!  The Information Security Office (ISO) welcomes you back to campus and reminds you of a few important safe computing tips:

  1. Never send your Andrew ID or password or other confidential information in an email or response to an email.  A request to do so is likely a phishing attempt.

  2. Update your computer's anti-virus and anti-malware tools regularly and apply security updates to your operating system and software as soon as possible after updates are released.

  3. Follow the ISO Cyber Security Pledge and be aware 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 DO NOT PROVIDE ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION!

  4. Adhere to Copyright & Intellectual Property Laws.  Non-compliance with copyright & intellectual property law 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.  There are legal alternatives for acquiring copyrighted content.  For more information, visit:

  5. Avoid inadvertently violating University policy and potentially losing network privileges.  Review and adhere to the Computing Policy and other computing guidelines.

The ISO encourages you to visit our website often at for security alerts, news, safe computing practices, training events, and help with securing your computer.  As always, feel free to contact us at

Have a great semester everyone!

Information Security Office
Computing Services
Carnegie Mellon University