Reminder: Log off on USC computers to protect your privacy

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Reminder: Log off on USC computers to protect your privacy


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20 March 2018

When using a USC computer, please remember to log off or shut down once you have finished using it. Forgetting to log out of your account can create a number of risks including possible exposure of private information to the next user or access to your personal documents. Read on for some tips on how to protect your information and stay safe online:

Stay Smart Online 

A national awareness initiative that puts online security in the spotlight, Stay Smart Online reminds us all to set aside some time to focus on the important but easy steps that we can take to stay safe online. There are some easy things that we can all do to dramatically improve how we protect our personal information online, and recover it if things go wrong.

Simple steps to stay safe online
  • Always log off or shut down your computer after use, especially when using computers on-campus
  • Never leave a computer you are logged onto unattended, even for a couple of minutes
  • Be careful about how much personal information you share online
  • Create strong passwords and passphrases that are hard for others to guess
  • Keep your devices updated with the latest software and regularly back up your data
  • Be on the lookout for suspicious emails or messages, and think before clicking on links or opening attachments.
Even small actions can make a huge difference.

With cyber-crime estimated to cost Australians more than $1 billion per year, and around 87% of us accessing the internet every day, it's more important than ever that we take the time to learn about how to keep our information and assets safe when we're online.

Acceptable use of USC's information technology services

Please be reminded that any misuse of USC’s IT services under your profile may mean you are accountable for any consequences that result from the misuse.

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