Safety Tips

Safety First 

  • Never share your password with anyone. Guard your password just as you guard your bank card PIN
  • Never say “yes” when your browser asks you if you’d like to save your password.
  • Never write your password down.
  • Never send your password in email, even if the request looks official.
  • Fun ways to create a Strong & Memorable password
  • Change your password often. Guide on how to change your UMmail password
  • Never Give Out Your Password. Poster Don't Give Password
  • If you suspect your UMmail account has been hacked or just want to make sure it hasn’t, please regularly check your UMMail Last Account Activity record.
  • Click here for more information.
  • To know whether your computer has the basic security features or not, it is advisable for you to audit your pc.
  • Click here to download Microsoft WindowsSecurity Audit Checklist For PC
  • If you need help, PTM ICT Security Team can provide you & your PTJ with PC Security Audit Services session to assess pc security at your departmental level. Email to ICT Security for more information.
  • Keep your computer updated with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and be sure to use a good firewall.
  • You need at least 3 components to ensure proper PC security. Click here for more information
  • Get anti-virus software from PTM(Only for UM computers - UM staff)– To make a request, go to UM Helpdesk. Click here
  • Never open an email attachment unless you are POSITIVE about the source.
  • Do NOT download freeware or shareware unless you know it's from a reputable source

Don't wait until you lose hours or even years of work in a single moment:-

  • Make copies of your important information, documents and data on portable media (CD, DVD-ROM, thumb drives and external hard drives are ideal).
  • Store these copies in a separate location.
  • Keeping your operating system up to date is critical. Running whatever antivirus you have in your computer is NOT enough. You can configure your computer to automatically seek out updates.
  • Click here on How to activate your computer's Windows Update
  • Important : If you are running Windows XP, we strongly that you install the LATEST Windows XP Service Pack >> get it here
  • Use your START menu to check for updates :-
        - Click your START menu to check for windows updates
        - Click ALL Programs
  • Click Windows update
  • Malware, or malicious software, is hostile, intrusive, or annoying code that includes viruses, spyware, adware, worms, trojan, horses, and other unwanted programs.
  • Malware spreads rapidly and by many different ways: for example,e-mail attachments;infected document files; Web sites that contain hostile code that can infect your computer through vulnerable browsers; and unprotected file shares.
  • To get the most benefit from your antivirus software ensures it is updated regularly and is operating as intended.
  • Be cautious about peer-to-peer sharing networks
  • The goal of a phishing scam is to steal your valuable personal data, such as credit card numbers, passwords, account data, and other information.
  • If you think you've received a phishing e-mail message, do not respond to it.

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Be careful when using Social Networking Websites such as Facebook, Twitter & MySpace.

  • Limit the amount of personal info you post
  • Customize Privacy Option settings & try to limit access
  • Beware of fake pages : these are the sites built by those whose main objective is to steal identity for unlawful financial gains.

The Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) is a free computer security solution that identifies vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft (third-party) programs on your PC. Vulnerable programs can leave your PC open to attacks.

  • It scans software on your system and identifies programs in need of security updates to safeguard your PC against cybercriminals.
  • It then supplies your computer with the necessary software security updates to keep it safe


Last Updated: 07/07/2017