Student Responsibilities for Computer Security
- Keep your password confidential, do not share it with others, and absolutely do not write it down and "hide it" at your desk. Never log someone else in to your account or use another person’s username and password. Your password is your responsibility and you will be held accountable for activities within your account and activities associated with your username and password.
- “Lock” your computer when you step away from it. This can be done by adding a password to the screen saver or using the “Lock workstation” feature in Windows 2000/XP.
- Do not store highly protected or confidential data on your computer hard drive. If your machine is stolen, the data is stolen too. Store protected or confidential data on the server. IIT backs up the central servers nightly. If you store files on your hard drive, you need to work with your supervisor to establish the appropriate backup schedule for any files you keep on your computer.
- Do not keep any protected or confidential data on a laptop. Laptop theft is one of the more common ways sensitive data is stolen.
- Never set your browser to remember your username and passwords for websites. You should also turn off the “autocomplete” feature in your browser.
- Do not store credit card numbers on your hard drive. If you must keep them, store them on the server and consider putting a password on the file.
- Lock your computer to your desk by using a physical computer cable lock.