Stay Smart Online Week 10 -14 October 2016

Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security initiative, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect personal and financial information online.

Information Technology are running a series of daily hints and tips during Stay Smart Online Week, 10 - 14 October, with a staff and student engagement events on Wednesday 12 October 12pm - 1pm MUSE level 2 (students). FREE Lunch.
Led by Jeremy Koster Information Security Manager. Drop by to learn more about staying smart online and learn how we are dealing with IT security on campus (smile)

We'd love to meet with you, help educate more about online safety and security and hear your stories. 
See you there!

Safely connecting and sharing on social media

  • If you wouldn’t want to see it on a billboard, keep it offline
  • The Internet is forever. Protect your online reputation—your older self will thank you! 
  • Keep personal and University information private. Assess whether sensitive info is really necessary to share
  • Tighten your social media privacy & security settings to reduce the exposure of your information
  • Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online
  • Check out the University's Social Media Guidelines


Protecting your passwords

  • Use long and strong passwords and change them at least every 6 months
  • Don’t share passwords in emails or store them in an unprotected file on your computer
  • Use different passwords for different personal sites and staff / student systems
  • Avoid public kiosks for online banking, shopping or other financial transactions
  • Monitor account activity for unusual behaviour
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords, visit the Stay Smart Online website

Email security

  • Fraudulent emails are often poorly worded and have an unusual domain name in the sender’s address
  • To validate an email, contact the sender by phone or alternative email address to confirm that it’s legitimate
  • Don’t provide private information in response to an email – particularly usernames and passwords
  • Look out for unexpected emails from organisations such as Australia Post, AGL or the Australian Tax Office, that ask you to download a file
  • Please send suspicious emails to the IT Service Desk to verify authenticity


Keeping your devices safe

  • Lock your device or laptop with a passcode, password or thumbprint when not in use
  • Do not leave computer equipment unattended in public areas
  • Install anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date
  • Keep your device's software up to date and only trust apps from reputable sources
  • Turn on track-my-device features so that you can retrieve or wipe your device if lost
  • Please see the University’s Information Security Policy for further guidance on secure practices


Acceptable use

  • Respect the rights of others, you are responsible for the activity conducted with your account
  • Sharing is not caring, only use the accounts provided to you by the University
  • Only use the University IT equipment for authorised, ethical and legal purposes
  • Use the equipment provided by the University in a secure and non-destructive manner
  • For more information, check out the University's Acceptable Use Policy



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