Hogeschool van Amsterdam

ICT Security

Digital security during studies: 10 golden rules

To help you ensure digital security during your studies, follow the 10 ‘golden rules’ listed below.

  1. Make sure to have good basic security. At the very minimum, this means: antivirus software, a firewall and the most recent software updates.
     
  2. Never leave your computer, laptop or tablet unattended. Lock your screen whenever you have to be away from it for any length of time. On a Windows OS, press the Ctrl-Alt-Delete or Windows key +L(ock) keyboard shortcuts.
     
  3. Create a unique, strong password for your AUAS ID and never share it with others.
     
  4. Change your password at least once a year.
     
  5. Watch out for phishing and ransomware (spam). Learn to recognise suspicious emails before it's too late, using these tips.
     
  6. Always use AUAS´s central storage services (AUAS network and MyAUAS to securely store documents, data and personal details. Do you still wish to save important or confidential data on your laptop, a USB memory stick or in the cloud? If so, you are personally responsible for back-ups and secure USB sticks or encrypting your files before you save them in the cloud.
     
  7. Secure your mobile telephone and tablet.
     
  8. Whenever using open WiFi networks (in the train, cafés, etc.) always use a secure connection via apps2.hva.nl. Without a secure connection, others can track your every move! Do you use WiFi inside AUAS buildings? Choose one of the secure networks – either eduroam or hva.
     
  9. Adhere to the ICT Code of Conduct that applies to the AUAS.
     
  10. Have you experienced an ICT security breach? Immediately contact the ICT Service Desk via servicedesk-icts@hva.nl or on 020-595 1402.
Spy wifi

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4 September 2018