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Having to constantly think about security can be mentally draining. “Is this safe?”. “Is that safe?”. That being said, the Internet is a relatively hostile environment. Computers which are not protected with current security updates, a firewall and antivirus software are often compromised within a matter of minutes when connected to a hostile network.
When accessing a Massey information system it is recommended to take a moment to consider the security of the system you’re using. Things like kiosk computers in hotels, airports and cyber-cafes can pose a risk to things such as your Massey usercode and password. Unsecured wireless networks, once very common at places like coffee shops, can pose a threat to the security of your data.
It is always recommended that, where possible, you use a device that you know and trust over one that you do not. If you’re in a position of using a machine such as a kiosk, perhaps ask if you really need to use that machine right then and there, or if you might be able to wait and use a more trustworthy computer at a later time. Unsecured wireless networks are less common nowadays, but try to make sure any websites you visit while using a wireless network have HTTPS at the start their address
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