Desktop Security

hacker using magnifying glass to look over co-worker shoulder while they are on computer

Information Security is Everyone's Concern
You are the key to successful information security. An unprotected computer can be infected with a virus, worm, or Trojan in less than five minutes after being placed on a network. IT Security awareness means understanding the various threats that exist in one's environment and taking reasonable steps to guard against them.

Studies show that most breaches of computer security are the result of something a computer user did or failed to do. This training site will provide you with valuable information about best practices, policies, and procedures for ensuring secure information systems at Florida SouthWestern State College, so you can enjoy a safe computing environment.

Be sure to take the time to read all of the materials on this site carefully.

Desktop Security

There are many levels of information technology security. If a computer is not protected at the personal level, it could allow someone to obtain access to the information stored there or cause you to lose your network access. You can protect yourself from the average desktop hacker.

Desktop hackers often watch what you are doing by looking over your shoulder (Shoulder surfing.) If your computer is positioned such that someone can see what is on your computer screen or what keys you are pressing on the keyboard, place a small mirror on your monitor so that you know when someone is standing behind you. A good screen privacy protector will help with someone looking at your monitor from a distance.

If you know you are going to be away from your desk for an extended period of time during the workday, a good alternative to shutting down your system is to log off the system or lock your computer. Additionally, it is good practice to log out of your email application, the FSW portal, and the Banner system when you are finished using those applications.

Being aware of who is around you is the first line of defense for desktop computer users. By combining awareness, good password practices, and secure applications, users will have a security formula that makes them less likely to be hacked.

To request assistance, please contact the Help Desk at x11202 or 239-489-9202.

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