For Safety’s Sake, Watch UNH IT Security Awareness Videos

For Safety’s Sake, Watch UNH IT Security Awareness Videos

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Internet is such a part of our everyday lives that you might not think of the risks associated with its use. The fact is, unless you know for certain the sites you visit are secure, there is always the chance you’re exposing your computer to malicious viruses.

UNH’S IT Security is constantly trying to prevent that from happening, sending out information on phishing attempts by hackers, reminding people never to give critical personal data online or in an email, and now, through educational videos aimed at instilling awareness on safe computer practices.

The new security awareness training offers 33 videos ranging from about 1 to 5 minutes and covering such topics as data protection, social networking, protecting your computer, Wi-Fi security, and ethics. To view any of the videos you need to create an account and be issued a password; do so by visiting https://itsupport.unh.edu/itsec/.  If you already have an account, login at https://vle.securingthehuman.org/login/.

And while you may have heard this before, it’s worth repeating: if you deal with sensitive or restricted information, it has to be stored in approved systems. Unauthorized disclosure or access to such information has serious consequences.

To know if your computer is at risk to hackers, use Identity Finder, a computer program that looks for social security numbers, credit card numbers and other protected information, and removes it from vulnerable locations.
 
Check out the Identity Finder instructions on Blackboard. Here’s how: 

  • Once you’ve logged in, go to ‘Orgs & Depts’ at the top left of the page
  • Go to 'My Organizations'
  • Click on 'UNH Faculty and Staff'
  • At the navigation pane on the left, click on 'IT Policy & Security' 
  • Scroll down until you find Identity Finder and follow the instructions

Even after you run Identity Finder, protected information may end up in your temporary files. Symantec PGP encryption makes it difficult for unauthorized persons to view such information if your device is lost or stolen. View the PGP encryption information in the portal, or contact UNH IT security to discuss whether encryption is appropriate for your situation.

Questions? Call the UNH IT Help Desk at 2-4242.