How safe is your digital life?Posted: September 29, 2014
Computer security is in your hands
- Log out correctly before turning off your computer
- Never share your passwords
- Report security issues here
Why should I log out?
If you don’t log out properly you risk:
- having your internet quota stolen,
- getting viruses,
- having your email hacked into.
How safe is your password?
“My bank doesn’t make me change my password”
You are responsible for any activity which takes place from your account. If you have any suspicion that your account is being used by somebody other than you, immediately change your password.
Some simple rules for keeping your account safe.
- Don’t write your password down, you wouldn’t write down your credit card pin.
- One of the most common things people do when creating a stronger password is to use a word or name followed by two digits (usually a birth year, age or the current year), followed by an exclamation mark. It’s best to avoid this format.
- The easiest ways for somebody to find out your password is for them to watch you type it in (commonly known as “shoulder surfing”) or for them to find it written down.
Griffith Policies require that your account be kept safe, the following will help:
- Ensure your password is at least 8 characters long and contains a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and punctuation.
- Never re-use passwords, and never use a series of passwords which follow a predictable pattern (for example using the same word each time along with an incrementing number).
- Use a different password for Griffith to what you use for banking, Facebook, and personal email.
- Make it memorable. Longer passwords made up of several words can be easier to remember and safer.
- Never share your password. Not even with colleagues, friends or family.
- Never respond to any email which demands you reply to it with your username and password.
- Griffith IT Support will NEVER ask you to give them your password via email, phone, or in person.