Safe Social Networking and Blogging

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 same sites as... ...

Media Disposal Recommendations

Media Disposal Recommendations

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Media Disposal Method


Use a shredder. Crosscut is preferred over a strip shredder.

CD, DVD, diskette, etc.

Use the media shredder (located at the ITS HelpDesk, 7B-1113).

Hard Drives

If the hard drive is to be reused, contact your support organization for recommendations for secure erasure.

If the hard drive is damaged or will not be reused, render the hard drive unreadable by using the degausser (located at the ITS

Printer Best Practices

Printers often handle RIT Confidential information, but they can easily be overlooked when securing a network. Use the following best practices to secure any printers you support:

  • Update the firmware.
  • Assign a password for web access to the printer.
  • Change the SNMP community strings. (These are the equivalent of printer "passwords." "Public" and "private" are the defaults and are widely known.)
  • Disable any unused protocols. (Do you really need Novell IPX enabled, etc?)
  • If possible, change the default TCP port from 9100 to another port number. (Specific exploits target the default port and may cause the printers to print blank pages. However, some
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Keeping Safe

Keeping Safe: Guidelines and Best Practices

Not sure how to keep yourself, your information, and your devices safe? Click on the headings below for best practices, resources, and more; also be sure to check out our blog for more specific content, answers to your information security questions, and best practices guides!

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Subject Area


Securing your Computer

Free downloads and instructions to support the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard.

Mobile Devices

Learn how to safely use

Portable Media

Portable Media Security Standard

Portable media such as USB keys, flash memory, CDs/DVDs, etc. are a crucial part of daily business. However, portable media is easily lost or stolen and may cause a security breach.

Because portable media can be stolen or compromised easily, users should take precautions when using it to transfer or store Confidential information. We strongyly discourage placing Private Information on portable media.


Approved Portable Media (updated 6/20/2013)

When handling RIT Confidential information, you should use only portable media that provides an approved encryption level (the RIT Information Security Office requires 128-bit or 256-bit... ...