Information, Technology & Consulting

Securing Your Computer

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It’s easy to be secure. Information Technology Services would like to share with you the following ideas on how to be secure online and keep your computer safe:

Take Care When You Surf: The Web is Full of Phish

Today, as we depend on our cell phones and computers to communicate and conduct business, the bad guys are setting up shop in cyberspace to steal our information….and our money. Criminal gangs are operating all over the world, and at the speed of light, can empty your bank account or charge up your credit card, by simply stealing your personal info from your computer.

What to Watch for on Websites

IGNORE pop ups, especially those saying you won a prize, or that your computer is infected and needs a security scan. Do NOT click any part of the pop up window. Force Quit or End Task for that pop up.

If you receive a message that you must enable pop ups to book a flight, click on your browser's 'temporarily allow pop ups' to proceed, and then only enter data within the airline's system.

Do not install software that you didn't request. Some sites will attempt to download programs to your computer in order for you to proceed surfing their website. Unless you know this website and expect to download software, do not proceed with the download. You could end up with malicious programs that will steal your personal information or delete your files.

If your personal firewall flashes a warning on your screen, heed the warning! Do not bypass the block being proposed by your personal firewall.

Take Your Laptop with You When You Go

Dartmouth is a friendly campus, but a laptop left alone while you make a trip to the food line or the bathroom may be too tempting for others.

Keep Your Password Private

With your password in hand, anyone can pretend to be you in cyberspace and access:

  • Your email
  • Your bank account
  • Your online store accounts
  • Your Facebook and other personal accounts

They can purchase items and post comments or images in your name. Many things in life are worth sharing. Your password isn’t one of them.

Only Download What You Buy

Downloading or sharing music (or videos) without paying for it sets you up for legal trouble. Be smart and download only those items you’ve actually paid for.

Topic: 
Computer and Device Services
Subtopic: 
Desktops and Laptops
Last updated: 
Monday, August 15, 2016

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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