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IT security

IT and AV Services and the school automation units (LAUs) deal with the security of our computer network. All servers and PCs on the campus are centrally protected. We advise you to take measures yourself to secure the computer on campus as well as at home.

ICT security hints for the campus

  • Do not open mail and attachments of unknown senders .
  • Never react to phishing mails with the request to give your username and password. Tilburg University will never ask for them.
  • Install a spamfilter in your mail program.
  • Keep informed on virus reports. Via Virus Alert
    Symantec Security Response , or F-Secure
  • Use a solid password and change it regularly.
  • Block your desktop when you are absent.

ICT security hints for home

The hints above also apply to your home PC. Below you'll find some extra hints.

Encrypt

You can optimize the security of your notebook by means of an encrypt security. With this encryption you encode the information on a part of your hard disk. This makes them unreadable for others. You can only decode the info with your own password. Off course it is wise to install an anti virus program and firewall. Also make backups on a regular basis.

Stop SPAM

Via the UvT-web all e-mail addresses of students and staff are available. This is a service intended to search for individual addresses and using them for mass mail (spam) is prohibited. Mind that a mail about e.g. 'Books for sale', 'Test subjects required' or 'Room wanted' is not interesting for all UvT addressees and therefore is often considered to be irritating. Consequently, it is prohibited to send mass-mail to people unknown to the sender. If this rule is violated, consequences will be taken.

In the Code of conduct e-mail, internet- and telephone facilities Tilburg University it stated that other members of the University community must not be annoyed by this use of the mail facilities.

Phishing

In spite of the Tilburg University security measures, you sometimes get an e-mail with the question to pass on your username and password. Don't do this. Tilburg University will never ask for your username and password. These kind of e-mails are also called phishing mails. The 'phishers' have access to your personal applications, such as Webmail. If you have reacted to phishing mail, please contact the LIS Service Desk as soon as possible.

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