In honor of National Cyber Security Month, we thought we would do a post on safety.
When you are studying and concentrating, it is easy to become distracted. The last thing you need is to lose your work or study materials through theft or inattention. Here are 10 tips to help keep your stuff safe and private in the library and online:
IN THE LIBRARY:
- Keep personal items with you at all times,even when just going to the printer or restroom. This includes bags, purses, phones, laptops, flash drives, and other items.
- Do not put purses or bags on the restroom floor where others could quickly grab them.
- Always log off of your library computer before you leave the library so that no one else can access your account.
- Report any suspicious or disruptive behavior to the Reference Desk, Computer Help Desk, Circulation Desk, or any library staff. Do not confront any suspicious or disruptive person yourself.
- For emergencies, call the ECC Police at X-7777. For non-emergencies, call X-7778.
7. Secure your text and calling options: if you don’t have an Apple device, look for online software and apps that can encrypt your information.
8. Update software: often your updates contain critical patches for security issues. Do this regularly!
9. Use a browser that allows you to be anonymous. Tor Browser is one such option.
10. Pay attention at all times to your surroundings. Don’t be glued to your screen but rather make sure you are keeping physical space and virtual space as private as you can.
ECC has a website devoted to safety issues, including weather, fire, and lockdown procedures. See the ECC Campus Safety site for more information.