Safe Computing Practices

Essential:

  • Stop (or at least slow down) and think
    • Many scams prey on fear and worry to pressure you to act without thinking.
    • Does this make sense?
    • Ask questions
    • Verify
  • Limit providing personal information as much as possible
  • Limit online banking and shopping away from home
  • Pay attention:
    • Use only secure sites
    • Read the screen
  • Be wary
    • Of people online
    • Of e-mails
    • Of attachments
    • Of links
    • Of public wifi
  • Avoid risky sites
    • Stick to your favorite sites
    • Use on major companies
    • Do some research before going to an unknown site
  • Passwords:
    • Use strong passwords
    • Use different passwords per site
    • Don't write passwords down
    • Don't share them with anyone

Highly recommended:

  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Use a password manager
  • Use anti-malware protection
  • Encrypt your data where possible
  • Back up your data in multiple places
  • Use Multi Factor Authentication (MFA)
    • CCSF offers this for employee e-mail (send a request via the Help Desk, helpdesk@ccsf.edu)
    • Google offers it with their accounts. They call it 2 step. (https://www.google.com/landing/2step/)
  • Get educated
    • SANS Security Awareness
      • ~31 videos (2-6 minutes per module)
      • Self-paced
      • Certificate awarded upon completion
      • CCSF employees can request this course via the Help Desk (helpdesk@ccsf.edu)