Identifying Risks

Life online. Our modern existence is inextricably bound up with the Internet and the ability to connect with others, whether at Brown (to share research idea, collaborate on classroom projects or access critical financial data, for example) or in our personal lives (e.g., manage your bank account, update your Facebook status or track your flight information).

The cyberthief, however, is never far away, continuously attempting to steal data, identities, devices. Information security is about protecting them. It's about ensuring that you can go about your daily business as intended.

ISG is dedicated to protecting that information, but needs you as a partner to assure safe computing at Brown. Following are some of the key risks you may encounter online and suggestions on ways to protect yourself.

  • Safe Browsing » Some simple steps you can take to protect both your computer and your privacy.
  • Filesharing Risks » While P2P software and filesharing networks may be wonderfully useful, there are a lot of "gotcha's" to avoid. Five tips are offered on how to avoid them.
  • Social Networking Safety » Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are great ways to connect with others around the globe, put can put you and your friends (identity, careers, safety) at risk. Learn the dangers and how to safely use the sites.
  • Don't Get Caught, Get Cautious » October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to learn how to Get Cautious so you Don't Get Caught in some social engineer's phishing net, or by hazards while surfing the web, or a bogus app, or even a set of some thief's "sticky fingers."