In an effort to address the growing security concerns around computing, IS&T offers a number of services aimed at making your computing experience safer. This includes providing you with information and educational opportunities to increase your safe computing awareness.
Discover tips and steps you need to take to protect your data, your electronics, and your identity.
Stopit is a confidential on-the-record venue for reporting harassment and other inappropriate behavior that occurs electronically
Passwords protect and limit access to personal data and to the IT resources at MIT.
Encryption is a method of securing data by scrambling the bits of a computer's files so that they become illegible. The only method of reading the encrypted files is by decrypting them with a key; the key is unlocked with a password.
Unwanted and unsolicited email, otherwise known as spam, is on average 78% of all email sent. To reduce the amount of spam coming into our inboxes, spam filters have been put in place on MIT's email system.
Most malware attacks today occur through a combination of spam and compromised web pages. Interacting with spam can put your personal information at risk as well as download a virus to your machine that may spread to other computers on the network.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) assists MIT clients with connectivity on and off campus. IS&T recommends and supports Cisco's AnyConnect VPN, a VPN client that works on a wide variety of operating systems and hardware configurations.
MIT Touchstone is a single sign-on web authentication service that allows members of the MIT community to log in to participating MIT and federated websites. When using a Touchstone-enabled application, your password will never be passed to the application server.
Protect your electronic devices from theft and your data from unauthorized access if lost or stolen.
If your computer seems to be working fine, you may wonder why you should apply a patch. By not applying patches, you might be leaving the door open for malware to come in.