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Here are some tips to ensure security and privacy online and on the network. 

Be careful with your personal information. This includes passwords, which you should never share. It also includes your name, address, phone number, email address, social security number, and credit card information. Do not give away this information in any suspicious situation. 

Recognize phishing messages. Phishing emails seek to gain your personal information, and they can put malware on your computer. Elizabethtown College will never ask for your username and password, so don't share it with anyone. Click the links to learn about phishing and spam, and what to do when you receive suspicious emails

Know how to keep your email safe.You should protect your email with a secure password and know what to look for in terms of receiving suspicious emails. General tips about safer emailing.

Use a passcode on your handheld devices.You can set a passcode on cell phones and tablets to protect your device.

Store confidential data in your Private folder. Your Private folder on the Etown network is there to protect all of your files. It will safely store any confidential data, which only you can access. Use VPN off campus to access the files in your Private folder. Do not store confidential data on your desktop or your laptop, as your laptop could be stolen or lost. More about your network drives, including your Private folder. 

Access files off campus with VPN. VPN, or virtual private network, allows you to access your network files from off campus. In other words, if you have information stored in your Private folder, and you should, consider signing up for VPN access so that you can still protect and access your files from home. VPN instructions.

Don't put confidential data on a portable memory source.Thumb drives and DVDs are often easily lost. If you put sensitive personal or confidential data on them, not only can you lose that information but someone else could steal it. 

Choose a secure password. A secure password is long and complicated, meaning it should contain upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer the password the better, and you can use a pass phrase that is easy to remember but hard for others to figure out.  Information about Etown network password rules and changing your network password can be found here

Protect your passwords. Be careful where you store your passwords. Don't leave them in a document on your computer or on a piece of paper on your desk. You should use a different password for different services (i.e. the college network, iTunes, your online bank account, etc.), and you can keep track of them in a password manager program. More information about password safety

Don't use your own router.It is against IT policy to use your own router or wireless access point on campus. This also includes wireless printers. These devices can interfere with our network and cause issues for others. 

Don't use your social security number in a report. If a report requires your SSN, only share it if absolutely necessary, and then delete the report as soon as you can. 

Recognize and prevent malware.Learn to recognize malware, such as viruses and spam, which can come from suspicious links online and in emails. There are several measures you can take to prevent malware from infecting your computer. More information about malware and prevention

Practice safe web browsing. Even with a firewall and anti-virus program in place, there are a few things you can do to ensure your security online. This includes keeping web browsers and operating systems up to date, as well as checking links before you click them. More tips on safe web browsing.

Encrypt your files.Encrypting your files means making your information unreadable to anyone unless they have the encryption password. You can encrypt your hard drive, external drives, Microsoft Office documents, and PDF files. More information and instructions on encrypting your files

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