Keep IT Secure

Password and identity thieves in cyberspace could do more damage than just causing your computer to crash. Learn how to keep your password protected, phishing attack awareness, privacy guidelines and how to avoid malware from Johns Hopkins IT experts.

Password Protection Tips

1. Do not write your password down and leave it near your computer.

2. Don't share your password with ANYONE

3. Don't use the same password for everything.

4. Use a strong password.  Be creative.

5. Don't give your password over the phone to anyone claiming to be from the HelpDesk or Technical Support.

6. Set up password recovery options and keep them up to date.

7. Use a password manager.

Recognizing and Avoiding Phishing Attempts

Be skeptical when you read email.  You should know that it could be a phishing email if the following happens:

1. The email asks you to connect to a web site with a domain name isn't the one you're used to seeing.  Valid Hopkins web applications will link to a login page with a URL that starts with https://login.johnshopkins.edu/…A phishing email will often use a URL close to our real domain name.

2. There are warnings or alarming statements that create a sense of urgency. For example: "Your account will be locked unless or until we hear from you" or "We have noticed activity on your account from a foreign or unidentified IP address."

3. The message is asking for personally identifiable information, such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, PINs or Social Security Numbers.

4. There are misspelled words in the e-mail or it contains poor grammar.

 Tips for Safeguarding Privacy

1. If you get up from your computer, lock it.

2. Beware of shoulder surfers.

3. Log off when you are done using a web site or application.

4. Avoid the installation of spyware on your computer.

5. Think twice before you post ANY personal information online.

6. Don't store sensitive or restricted data unencrypted on any laptop, portable device, or removable media.

Tips for Avoiding Malicious Software (Malware)

1. Don't open up unknown attachments or click on links in email.

2. Always use anti-virus software and keep it up to date.

3. Turn off the message preview pane in Outlook.

4. Don't download files from unknown sources.

5. Look and think before you click.

6. If you find a USB flash drive, don't plug it into your computer.

7. Don't use unauthorized software.
For more information about these security tips, visit it.johnshopkins.edu/security/keepitsecure/.

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Elizabeth Rodriguez October 30, 2013 at 8:01 am

Can you suggest a safe password manager?

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Kristi Aho October 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi Elizabeth. Two password managers that we are currently recommending are 1Password and PasswordSafe. You can find links to their web sites on the IT web site at: http://it.johnshopkins.edu/security/password.html. There are others out there as well. InformationWeek magazine did a review of 10 top password managers in their May 1, 2013 publication. You can find there here: http://www.informationweek.com/security/client/10-top-password-managers/240153906
-Kristi
Kristi A. Aho, PMP
Network Security Engineer
Network & Information Security
IT @ Johns Hopkins

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jeanne keruly October 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

Can you recommend a password manager (I'm assuming software) that is good and is also authorized?

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Kristi Aho October 30, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi Jeanne,
Two password managers that we are currently recommending are 1Password and PasswordSafe. You can find links to their web sites on the IT web site at: http://it.johnshopkins.edu/security/password.html. There are others out there as well. InformationWeek magazine did a review of 10 top password managers in their May 1, 2013 publication. You can find there here: http://www.informationweek.com/security/client/10-top-password-managers/240153906
-Kristi
Kristi A. Aho, PMP
Network Security Engineer
Network & Information Security
IT @ Johns Hopkins

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