Social networks are great. They do present some security challenges and risks, however.
This guide describes the dangers you face as a user of these websites, and provides tips on the safe use of social networking and blogging services.
Dangers of Social Networking
Many computer criminals uses these sites to distribute viruses and malware, to find private information people have posted publicly, and to find targets for phishing/social engineering schemes. Below is a short list of users who may be using... ...
The Information Access & Protection (IAP) Standard provides requirements for the proper handling of information at RIT.
The standard classifies information into four categories: Private, Confidential, Internal, and Public.
Private information is information that is confidential and which could be used for identity theft. Private information also has additional requirements associated with its protection (e.g., state and federal mandates). Examples include:
Social Security Numbers (SSNs) or other national identification numbers
Driver’s license numbers
Financial account information (bank account numbers, checks, credit or debit card numbers), etc.
Private Information Handling Quick Reference Table
This table provides recommendations on the correct handling of private information at RIT.
New York State defines private information (PI) as any personal information concerning a natural person combined with one or more of the following data elements: Social Security number, driver's license number, account number, or credit or debit card number in combination with any required security code.
We've provided some general information below about cloud computing. At RIT, information handling requirements (including the use of non-RIT servers for storage) are articulated in the Information Access and Protection Standard. Refer to the standard for more information about storage restrictions based on information classification.
There are certainly some benefits to cloud computing, but the practice of saving content on the Internet is facing more scrutiny than ever. While there is no silver bullet solution to securing your cloud service, understanding how you can protect yourself is the best way to keep your information private.