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The safety and security of the University computer systems depend on all of us. The Information Technology (IT) team has put together a quick reminder of what colleagues can do to keep their devices and our systems safe:

Emails and viruses:

  • Please treat emails from an unfamiliar address to your University account with caution.
  • If an email seems suspicious, please notify Service Desk by calling extension 6262.
  • Avoid clicking any link or open any attachment in such an email.
  • An email asking for your password or asking you to log on to a site is potentially dangerous.
  • It is always a good idea to hover your mouse cursor over a link before clicking it. If the website it is pointing to seems unfamiliar, do not click on it.
  • Pay attention to email attachments: files named Invoice, file extensions ZIP, EXE, JS files are particularly suspect
  • Delete anything suspicious from your ‘Inbox’ and ‘Deleted Items’ folders in Outlook
  • If you detect a virus on your computer, please notify the Service Desk immediately.

 Passwords:

  • Do not share your personal passwords with anyone.
  • Avoid writing down your passwords.
  • Use strong passwords: at least 8 characters, include upper and lower case letters and special characters.
  • Do not disclose shared account passwords to unauthorised people

Physical Security:

  • Report any security incidents and issues to the Service Desk immediately.
  • Lock your computer screen (Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” then “Lock this computer”, or Windows button+L) when you leave your desk.
  • When leaving the office, make sure windows are closed and doors are locked.
  • Avoid leaving confidential documents unlocked or exposed.
  • Never share your access key or campus card.

 Computer security

  • Do not install software that is not necessary for work.
  • Only use trusted sites when downloading software.

 Please remember that the Service Desk is always available to help you. Go to www.reading.ac.uk/it to get in contact with them. 

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