Handle information securely
Unfortunately, many people attempt to use the internet to access data, spread false information or swindle users out of money. With a little common sense, however, you can significantly reduce these risks.
Although a lot of resources and time are invested in making the internet safe, it can probably be assumed that those who are trying to exploit the internet for dishonest purposes will always be one step ahead. The University of course works constantly to keep our spam filters and other security systems updated, but there will always be loopholes that can be exploited.
The most important piece of advice is therefore to always use common sense and be a bit attentive and suspicious when something seems strange or too good to be true.
Below is a checklist for more secure internet habits that can help you develop safer online practices.
Checklist for more secure internet habits
- Be attentive, think, and use common sense. Think before you click on a link. Do you know where the link leads? Do you know the sender and know that it isn't a fake sender?
- Watch out for social manipulation, unauthorised influence, fake documents, fraud attempts and phishing.
- Make sure that no one has access to your passwords and change them if anyone does get access.
- Make sure that your computer and your mobile devices are kept updated.
- Assess the sensitivity of information before you store it in "the cloud". Perform a risk assessment before using external IT services.
- Make backups! Find out what applies for your department.
- Only install apps you need and from manufacturers you trust.
- Think about what you send by email – it's no safer than a postcard!
- Think about how you use public Wi-Fi networks. They are shared by many users, some of whom might have dubious intentions.
- Do not plug USB flash drives you find on the street or get at trade fairs into your computer.
- Report incidents and risks to email@example.com.