Security

To keep your campus network resources safe:
  • Never share your password with anyone, and never type it into any part of an email message. The Technology Support Center/Office of Technology will never request your personal information via email. Any emails requesting this information should be reported as SPAM in Google and deleted.
  • Choose secure passwords. If someone is attempting to crack your password, they will attempt commonly known information such as your room number, birth date or telephone number. Create a secure password using a mix of numbers, letters and punctuation.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Do not record your passwords where they can be found. Also set up the security questions in case you forget your MyCentral password.
  • Watch for signs of misuse such as emails you did not create or unexplained logins.
  • If you suspect that someone has your password, change it immediately and notify the Technology Support Center at 660-543-4357.

Email
  • We will never ask you for any of your passwords via email. We recommend that you never send personal information via an email.
  • Email addresses can be easily forged so be skeptical of emails that have strange messages like "change your password to xxxx" and "make money fast." Do not forward any chain letters or warnings of viruses other than to the Technology Support Center.
  • Do not reply to a spam email.
  • Report problems as quickly as possible. The sooner a problem is detected the better chance there is to stop it from affecting others.
  • Acceptable Use/Procedures and Guidelines:  When you read UCM's Acceptable Use Guidelines for computing resources, you will find that rules for general conduct outlined in student, staff and faculty handbooks apply to use of computer facilities. Any use of UCM's computer facilities for activities that are illegal or commercial is expressly forbidden. You may not use the network in a manner that negatively impacts other users, such as excessive bandwidth usage, spamming, spreading malicious programs, etc. Fora a complete list, visit the AUP.

Online Social Network Safety Tips
An online social network is a site that allows people to search for and view personal information about others. Features include picture posting, posting of identifiable demographic information, physical location disclosure, blogging, file sharing, social calendar ability and the ability to write and receive comments from others. There are risks associate with online communities.

Information Disclosure
Everything a user posts online is optional. Information such as home address, school address, cell phone number, class schedule, email address, IM screen name, birthday and more can be used to positively identify a user.  A positive identification may lead to personal harm.  The information posted may affect other individuals. a roommate or family member may unintentionally become affected by a user's posted information.

Personal Control
Once the user posts information, all control over personal information is diminished or lost completely. As soon as a user enters information into the system, anyone can view that information.  The user should understand and edit the privacy settings associated with his or her personal profile.  Users should be aware of who can view his or her profile. Prospective employers, family members, staff members and professors may one day view the profile.

Communication with Others
Users should exercise caution when communicating with others via online communities. Chatting, messaging and commenting on other user profiles can offer a false sense of closeness.

User Intent
Not all online community members log on with the same intentions. While many users log on to take advantage of the positive aspects of online networks, some users aim to use the posted information in a negative manner.

Authenticity
Authenticity of users is not confirmed. Online users do not have to disclose any truthful information. Users may not use their true identity when communicating and posting information.

The following websites contain information regarding online safety: isafe.org or wiredsafety.org.
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