Your SMU Password must be changed every 180 days.
Do not write your password down anywhere
Be aware of sensitive information that is easily
accessible on your computer monitor or desk.
Use a screen saver password
Create a strong password to guard your account.
Passwords should be complex including Upper and lower case
letters, numbers and or symbols. Must be at least 8 characters in
length, but longer passwords are more difficult to crack.
Never share your password with anyone
Spyware are software programs installed on a desktop
computer that collect and transmit user information to advertisers or other
interested parties, often without the knowledge or awareness of the user.
Anti Spyware software should be installed and updated regularly. Spyware scans should be run on a daily basis. Be careful not to
click on pop up ads and windows. Be careful downloading free
applications or files as they often contain spyware.
A virus is a program which invades your computer typically
without your knowledge. Anti Virus software is critical for the security of your
computer. AntiVirus software should be installed and up to date at all
Software updates for operating systems and all applications
are also vital to the security of your computer. Be sure to update software
Desktop firewalls should be enabled to help protect your computer from unauthorized access.
Securing your identity
Phishing attempts usually arrive via email and request
various pieces of personal information from a user. These emails can be
extremely difficult to detect as they closely resemble legitimate companies.
Many of these phishing attempts appear to come from a valid financial
institution requesting that you verify your information, confirm or activate
your account or review your account information. The links contained in
these emails will take you to a bogus website and capture your login
information as you type.
Social engineering is a term that describes a non-technical
approach to obtaining sensitive personal information and access to
technology resources. These technique is often accomplished via phone
or in person-- looking over someone's shoulder, browsing through papers on a
desk etc. Be suspicious of unsolicited phone calls visits or email
messages. Do not provide personal information unless you are certain of a
person's authority to have the information. Do not reveal personal or
financial information in an email or over the phone. Be aware of your
surrounding especially when entering your password, pin number etc.
Guard your information carefully. Protect all files containing personal information and dispose of them properly. Shred sensitive documents when no longer needed. Do not respond to emails requesting that you provide your account information. Don't click on links on unsolicited email messages.