In order to provide its constituency with secure yet open electronic communications, the campus must protect the physical and logical integrity of its networks, computers, software, and data. There are a variety of potential security threats to these resources, including unauthorized intrusions, malicious misuse, and inadvertent compromise. If you use a computer in any capacity, you must personally take security measures in a variety of ways. Berkeley's online tutorial is required reading for all campus computer users.
1. Use/store confidential information very carefully/sparingly.
2. Follow good password practices (hard to guess, but memorable for you; different passwords for different uses).
3. Be very cautious with email and web:
- Don’t open unexpected attachments
- Cannot trust apparent source to be real source
- Trusted source may send “dangerous” email
- Unknown sources are to be trusted even less
- Don’t send sensitive information via email
4. Encrypt confidential information (social security number, driver’s license number, California Identification Card number, bank account number, credit or debit card number) on mobile devices.
5. Keep critical software up to date: patches and virus protection.