Network Safety & Security
With the rapid spread of networks comes heightened concern in the Internet community over network security. Be aware that there are certain risks involved with Internet use. Fortunately, a few good habits may spare you technical and legal problems.
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. You can also follow BearAware on Twitter at @BearAware to stay informed.
- Never share your password - with anyone.
- Use strong passwords that contain at least 8 characters and a combination of alphabetic, numeric, and symbolic characters.
- Do not base your password on casual personal information, such as your birthdate, anniversary, sports jersey number - something that anyone would know about you.
- Change your password regularly.
- Don't write down your password - anywhere.
- Watch for signs of misuse. If you suspect that someone has compromised your password, change your password immediately.
- Log off of public computers if you either step away from the keyboard or are finished using it.
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Protect Your Computer
- Install Baylor's edition of Norton Anti-Virus. This software will help you to avoid being infected by or spread computer viruses. Update the software via the Internet at least once per week to protect your computer against new virus attacks. Click here to be directed to the Baylor website where you can download Symantec Corporate AntiVirus for free. You will need your BearID & password to download the software. If you live in a Residence Hall, you are required to install Baylor's Symantec Corporate Antivirus solution. When you check-in and receive your room key, you will be given an installation CD that contains the installer for Baylor's Symantec Antivirus.
- Don't become an Internet victim. Find out what security threats are legitimate and which ones are bogus by checking out our BearAware website.
- Don't be too generous. Be careful with network file sharing. Make sure that you require a password for all network file shares. By doing this you will close an easily accessible "back door" to your system, and prevent any suspicions from agencies concerned about freely shared media.
- Install a Firewall. A firewall is a software application that analyzes all data received by your computer from the network and either accepts it or rejects it based on a set of basic rules. The latest versions of both Windows and the MacOS include firewall software. In addition, there are other firewall packages available on the market.
- Backup your data. Computers are machines and they will eventually malfunction, possibly causing you to lose data. Create a backup strategy for your most important files. Whether you burn them to a CD or DVD, or load them onto a USB Flash drive, keep copies of your most important files on some other media besides your hard drive.
- Have a backup plan. When working on an important project, remember that power and equipment failures happen. A backup plan ensures that you accomplish your task.
- Report Suspected Security Incidents. If you see suspicious activity in one of our computing facilities, or know of attempted or actual computer security breaches on any Baylor network, please contact 710-HELP (4357) immediately. The University takes network security and any breach in our security infrastructure not only jeopardizes your information, but also that of the University as a whole.