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Information Security Basics

We're talking about here, Information Security.  The things that you should know about information security vulnerabilities, what you should be aware of and how you can at least secure your information. Learn how to protect the devices you use to store data, including computers, phones and removable media like your USB flash drives. Threats such as phishing emails, social engineering attacks and identity theft. For more information about these use the links below:

Information security starts with you follow these Information Security Basic Rules to safeguard your electronic devices and information. Most of the security incidents are the result of lack of information and weak practices.

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Find out how to protect your data below are information security guidelines and basics. If there's a suspected or confirmed security incident, report it immediately to RVTS. Examples include loss or theft of computers or storage devices, attacks against college systems, loss of confidential information (paper or digital copy) and inappropriate or unauthorized access of confidential information.

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Information Security Basics


Operating system
Malware Viruses

Identity Theft Fact Sheet


Operating System

Keep your operating system current.

Many vulnerabilities can be prevented simply by keeping your operating system current. Configure your Windows PC to use Microsoft Update. If you have a computer running Microsoft Windows, the most reliable way to get updates from Microsoft is to use the Windows Update feature.

Configure your Mac to use Software Update.

If you have a computer running Mac OS X, the most reliable way to get updates from Apple is to use the Software Update feature.

Malware ( malicious software)

Malware (short for "malicious software") is a term used to describe numerous types of hostile or unwanted software, including viruses, trojans, worms and spyware.

How to get rid of Malware: Run antivirus software

Note:  For faculty and staff if you suspect that you have a malware on your laptop or desktop, please call  the Technology Services Help Desk immediately x7887

An important step to protect your computer against malware is to install and run reputable antivirus software that checks for malware in real-time. Such software is able to prevent, detect and remove malware that it is aware of.

Keep in mind that new malware is released all of the time and no software designed to detect it is 100% effective so be careful what sites you visit, what software you install, what files you open...and keep your operating system and software current.


Read this important information about phishing; you don't want to compromise your personal information.

Note: For faculty and staff if you suspect you're receiving a phishing scam; please do not forward the phishing email scam to removelist@raritanval.edu, instead call the Technology Services Help Desk immediately x7887


For faculty and staff  please configure your email to  forward your Spam email to removelist@raritanval.edu, and for student they don't have to worry about this since Google has a very good system on tracking spam emails.


Always back-up or save work on a USB flash drive. We can't guarantee that a USB drive left in the lab will still be there when the owner returns to claim it.  While lost and found USB drive may be turned in at the the Technology Services Help desk, it is difficult to identify an unlabeled USB's so make sure you put your name on all your media devices.

Suggested reading for Information Security.

--> Protecting your passwords   
-->  Getting started with Lion Mail
-->  Microsoft on Phising
-->  Copyright
-->  GNumber and Password 
--> Creative Commons   
--> Student Aid and Identity Theft 



RVTS Help Desk:

Telephone (24/7):

(908) 526-1200 x7887

(908) 333-4098 off-campus

Email: helpdesk@raritanval.edu        





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