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Online Safety

Online Safety

Everyone connected to the Internet is a potential target. Use of anti-virus and firewall software is critical in protecting your computer online; however, simply protecting your computer is not enough. 

Web Browsers

Cyber criminals often target vulnerabilities in web browsers. Because Internet Explorer was a web browser used by most people, it quickly became a primary target. Using a different browser can reduce your risk while on the web. The table below lists alternative browsers:

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Browser

Information Access & Protection Standard

Information Access & Protection Standard

The Information Access & Protection (IAP) Standard provides requirements for the proper handling of information at RIT.

Information Classifications

The standard classifies information into four categories: Private, Confidential, Internal, and Public.

Private information

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.

Confidential information

Confidential information is... ...

Requirements for Faculty/Staff

Requirements for Faculty and Staff

Security Standards

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Standard When does it apply?
Desktop and Portable Computer Standard Always
Password Standard Always
Information Access & Protection Standard Always

Forms, Checklists, and Templates

Forms, Checklists, and Templates

Many forms and checklists below are provided as Adobe PDF Fill-in forms and can be filled in and printed from Acrobat Reader. 

NOTE: These forms may contain Javascript. If you need a different format, please contact the RIT Information Security Office at Infosec@rit.edu or call 585-475-4123.

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Form Name

Use

Exception Request Form

To request an exception from an RIT Security Standard (PDF Fill-In form)

Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

Optional NDA used at

Safe Online Shopping & Banking

Jump to:

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

Problems and Complaints

Additional Links

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... ...