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.
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:
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.
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... ...