Cyber Security Tips
Social Networking is fun and entertaining. You can stay in touch with friends and family and meet new acquaintances. It's all about connecting with friends in cyberspace. The University of Central Oklahoma does not discourage students' participation in on-line communities. UCO does, however, encourage you to be safe. When posting:
- Act Responsibly.
- Protect Yourself and Your Friends.
Students are well aware of the advantages of social networking. Students should also be aware of the potential danger in online communities. Here are some reminders to ensure your experience is positive:
- Never assume the information you post is secure or private.
- Never assume the information others post is honest. ‘nuf said.
- Never share passwords. Use different user names and passwords for each group or account.
- Personally identifiable information comes in all forms. Predators engage you by finding out what is important to you and then using you as a "support," "mentor," or friend. Religion is a big topic predators use to reel you in.
- Be aware. If someone really wants to find out about you, they can. Predators are adept in mining and combining information to create your profile. For example: You post that you and your Broncho (this is a giveaway!) friends spent Saturday evening in Bricktown. You've said, I go to school at UCO and like to party in Oklahoma City.
- Fill-in-the-blanks allow predators to pick up credit card information, address, e-mail, telephone, and passwords.
- Meet on-line friends in person cautiously if you must, but never go alone. Take a trusted friend with you and meet only in public places. Never leave alone with your new acquaintance. (UCO discourages students from meeting face-to-face with others who were met on-line.)
- Limit who can see your information.
- Limit directory information. Use an e-mail address or screen name. Don't give your name, address, telephone number on-line.
- Respond only to solicited messages.
- Carefully review and understand any and all Agreements, Usage terms, Statements of privacy and security before clicking "I Agree".
- Be discerning. On-line content is becoming more sophisticated and targeted, making it difficult to distinguish between content and advertising.
- Post pictures of groups rather than individuals, and leave off the names.
- Only post what you would want your grandmother to see. Keep in mind that information you post and make available is out there for the world to see. Faculty, administrators, parents, even prospective employers can see your stuff.
The Office of Information Technology recently asked the department staff to send in their Cyber Security tips. Read the tips here!