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It’s easy to be secure. Dartmouth Computing would like to share with you the following ideas on how to be secure online and keep your computer safe.
Today, as we depend on our cell phones and computers to communicate and conduct business, the bad guys are setting up shop in cyberspace to steal our information….and our money. Criminal gangs are operating all over the world, and at the speed of light, can empty your bank account or charge up your credit card, by simply stealing your personal info from your computer.
Dartmouth is a friendly campus, but a laptop left alone while you make a trip to the food line or the bathroom may be too tempting for others.
With your password in hand, anyone can pretend to be you in cyberspace and access:
They can purchase items and post comments or images in your name. Many things in life are worth sharing. Your password isn’t one of them.
Downloading or sharing music (or videos) without paying for it sets you up for legal trouble.
In 2008, 750 Dartmouth students received a copyright violation notice. These can result in settlement fees (average: $3000) or lawsuits for thousands per item.
Be smart and download only those items you’ve actually paid for.
If you think your computer has been infected or otherwise compromised, please contact your department IT support office, the IT Service (Help) Desk, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-2999 and follow the voice mail directions.
Last Updated: 8/23/10