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Using computers on the network safely: Do's and Don'ts

  • Read any documentation before using your computer, especially with regards to new software. Read Me files and software Help files will give you some warnings ahead of time.
  • Contact desktop consultants or system administrators for help in learning new utilities, like spam filters, firewalls, anti-virus software, or any other kind of software.
  • Contact an operator/system administrator or the IT Center when a computer seems to be down or severely crippled.
  • Use passwords that adhere to the guidelines listed on the Passwords web page.
  • Be sure to always logout of any computer when you are done using it, this includes logging out of websites requiring passwords, like a bank website or the Registrar's Access online system.
  • Send email to a system administrator or desktop consultant when you read about scheduled system changes which you believe may have a damaging effect on your work. System changes are carefully planned to have minimal effect on the users, however you can always help improve the scheduling by making your exact needs clear before the change takes place.
  • Share accounts/passwords.
  • Use someone else's account.
  • Use University resources for personal or commercial gain.
  • Waste any network or computer resources. (e.g. forwarding chain letters, sending "spam," etc). All of these deny access to critical services like email.
  • Threaten, harass, or intimidate other users. This can constitute a felony under state and federal law.
  • Forge messages or misrepresent your identity to others.
  • Compromise privacy, either yours or the privacy of others.
  • Attempt to acquire others’ passwords.
  • Give an account to an outsider (someone without an affiliation with the College or University) without official authorization.
  • Run any software that provides network services or shares network services with the Internet at large.