Best Practices

Safe Online Shopping & Banking

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Use a Secure Computer

Reseach the Company/Website

Research the Product/Service

Use Strong Passwords

Make Sure the Website Uses Encryption

Use a Secure Payment Method

Monitor Your Accounts

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Use a Secure Computer

Make sure your computer meets the RIT Desktop & Portable Computer Standard before getting online. In addition to up-to-date anti-virus, make sure that your operating system and your web browser have the latest security patches installed.

Don't use public computers to send private information over the Internet. You cannot... ...

Phishing

Phishing is a form of social engineering where the attacker attempts to trick people into revealing private information by sending spoofed e-mails that appear to be from reputable companies. Phishing e-mails provide a link to a seemingly authentic page where you can login and reveal your username, password and other personal identifying information (PII)." Online scammers can then use this information to access your accounts, gather additional private information about you, and make purchases or apply for credit in your name.

General protection against phishing scams 

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Browser Configuration

One of the easiest “technologies” to keep your information and computer safe is properly configuring the security settings on your web browser.  Most people leave the settings at default because it’s convenient, but not taking those extra couple of minutes now can mean many costly hours (or weeks) later if your information gets compromised.

Below are some setting suggestions and how to complete them on the most common browsers.  Settings may vary based on browser version, and we recommend always updating your browser to the most current version to ensure the most recent patches and security features are applied.

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Protective Mobile Device Software

One in every five people in the world own a smartphone according to a 2013 report in Business Insider and with the significant growth of smartphone usage, the issues surrounding mobile security have also grown. 

It is more important than ever to arm mobile devices with protective software.  PCs have been the target of malware and virus attacks for years, but recently mobile devices are being targeted more frequently.  Cyber criminals are most often creating malicious programs to gain access to financial information.

The major target for these attacks is Google’s Android operating system due to the rapid expansion and... ...

Better Passwords for Optimal Mobile Security

Smartphones open a back door into your life.  In the event that a hacker tries to remotely steal your information or your mobile device is lost or stolen, the first step of defense is locking it with secure passwords.  No matter the device you are using, there are improved guidelines to follow in order to keep your data safe.

A common mistake is using passwords like 123456 and password. These, and others like them, are easily cracked by hackers.  A key tip is to always remember that the longer the password, the better

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