Cyber Security Best Practices

As a student or College employee, what you do online from your personal or College-owned computer can affect those around you and those you work with. It is important to be well educated in good Internet security practices and well-armed with updated computer security tools and software.

A very good online resource for learning how to protect yourself and your identity online is StaySafeOnline.org. Also, use these tips "What College Students Can Do" (PDF) to learn how you can begin making yourself and our campus safer.

A brief summary of some best practices for Internet security include:

  • Be suspicious of any e-mail requesting that you “verify” your account details or click on any links to provide information
  • Delete any such e-mails where the FROM address does not end in “@cse.edu” or the links go to any web site other than http://www.cse.edu
  • If the e-mail appears valid, ALWAYS call the Help Desk at 973-290-4015 to verify that it is a legitimate communication from the College before taking any action
  • Never give your CSE password to anyone, not even another College employee
  • If you think you may have succumbed to an e-mail scam or suspect that you may be the target of fraudulent activity, immediately notify the Help Desk at 973-290-4015 and reset your CSE account password
  • Always log out of computer lab computers and staff desktop computers when you are finished using them
  • Don’t follow email links or pop-up ads that claim your computer is infected and offer anti- spyware software. These could be what is known as rogue anti-spyware programs and may actually contain spyware