Acceptable Use of University IT Resources: Students
Secure your computer
You are responsible for securing your computer, smart phone, and tablet from malicious software created by cyber criminals. Hackers want to steal your personal information for identity theft, or hijack your computer or email account to attack others. To prevent danger, you should:
- Use strong passwords.
- Update your computer's software with the latest security patches.
- Install and update virus protection software.
Use strong passwords
A strong password is the key to protecting your personal information. You will need a password to lock your computer, a password to log into your UDelNet account, and passwords for any other sites or programs that you access.
Computers are often hacked because they lack strong passwords or any password protection against unauthorized changes by others. Be sure to set good passwords for your computer, your UD computing and network accounts, social sites like Facebook, and online shopping or service accounts.
Your UDelNet password
Your UDelNet password is a valuable, secret key that protects your University educational, financial, and personal information. Create a unique password for your UDelNet account, one that is different from your other account passwords. Don't let students, relatives, or any other person gain access to the campus network using your password. You will be held responsible for any abuse of the network by persons you allow to use your UDelNet password. You are required to choose a secure UDelNet password that combines letters, numbers, and special characters.
- Use a long password; a longer password is more secure. Consider using a phrase or the first letter of each word from your favorite song.
- Do not choose a password that is part of your birth date. The year of your birth is most likely no secret to your classmates.
- Commit your secret password to memory. Don't write it down and don't tell it to anyone--not even your best friend.
- Use different passwords for different accounts to ensure security, and never save your password on a public computer.
You should follow these guidelines every time you create a password to protect your information.
Unfortunately, software running on your computer, smart phone, or Internet-capable device is a target for hackers who can take control of your computer without your knowledge. To protect yourself and others who use our network, set up your computer to routinely update its operating system software. Instructions for doing so are included in our Protect and Clean Your Computer pages. Also check for the latest updates for other software that you use regularly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the IT Support Center for advice and assistance.
Before your computer or Internet-capable device connects to the campus network and is exposed to the entire Internet, you must ensure that your device is secure. You are required to install anti-virus software on your computer and keep it updated. Strong anti-virus software will help protect your computer from viruses, worms, and trojans that can damage your computer, software, or your information. The University provides software free of charge.
- Be cautious of freeware and shareware, as some enticing free software comes with spyware or other malware that can take over or damage your computer or steal your personal information.
- Be sure your anti-virus software is configured to scan all executable files for viruses before running them.
Installing anti-virus software and protecting your device against spyware and other malware will also help protect your fellow students and others who use UD's network.