Students - Information Security

 

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As a student, you should know...

Information Resources Standards

Be sure you are in compliance with the standards that govern the use of UTSA's IT resources..

Why is this "Need 2 Know" Info?

UTSA policies and standards are in place so that you know about the laws and rules that govern the use of UTSA information resources.  Any time you are using the university's resources, you are expected to follow these rules so that you and your computing device are protected.  In addition, standards and policies protect the university, its computer network and computing equipment.

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Be careful, there are a lot of bad things out there in cyberspace.   Make sure you're protected...

Protect Your Computer and Mobile Devices

  • Antivirus software

Antivirus software is a must for all computers – Windows and Mac OS X machines.  Students can download free antivirus software for Windows machines through ASAP.  Click the Software Download tab for more information.

  • Keep your computers patched

Ensure your computer has all of the latest operating system and security patches applied.  Set up your computer to receive automatic updates. 

Keep your mobile device updated

Install critical updates when they are released.  Only download apps from approved, secure locations (Google Play, Apple's App Store).

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Protect Yourself

  • Be careful online

Keep away from sketchy websites.  Don't provide personally-identifiable information (credit card number, account numbers, user IDs and passwords, etc.) on non-secured websites.  Don't overshare information on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

  • Be careful while on public computers

If you need to log in to your bank, credit union or other sensitive account, don't use a public wi-fi network.  Also, when using a UTSA Student Computing Lab computer or kiosk computer, be sure to log off after ending your session.

  • Don't Illegally share or download music, movies or software

Violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) can prove costly.  Copyright holders like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) regularly search for illegal sharing of copyrighted materials.  They do prosecute and they do win.

  • Email

Don't respond to unsolicited email messages, especially if they ask you to click a link or provide information such as user IDs, passwords or credit card numbers.  Don't click (open) email attachments unless you absolutely, positively know they come from a trusted source.

  • Protect your passphrases and Personal Identification Numbers (PINs)

Don't share your private account information.  Also, when creating a PIN, don't choose an easy-to-guess number (1234, 0000, your birthday, etc).

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More info is available in the Tips and Tricks for Safe Computing flier .

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Be sure to take advantage of these great offers!

Free Antivirus software for your Windows PC

Log on to ASAP, choose the Software Downloads tab and follow the instructions.

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Dirt-cheap software for your computer

Don't spend big money at a box store to buy computer software! UTSA has an End User License Agreement that allows it to sell Education versions of some of the most popular software titles available at hugely reduced prices.  Software is available on campus at the Campus Technology Store.  Check out their website for more info. 

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