Presentation on theme: "PC Security 101 Keeping your data safe. Security is a real concern Identity theft is a hot topic in the news. Data theft is a very real and serious issue."— Presentation transcript:
PC Security 101 Keeping your data safe
Security is a real concern Identity theft is a hot topic in the news. Data theft is a very real and serious issue around the world and in our own backyard. Malicious programs allow users to capture logins, passwords, credit card information, personal, and business data. We have even found some of these programs in home directories in some of our schools.
How does it all work? Users install malicious programs from floppy disks, CDs or thumb drives to avoid detection on the network. Programs install quickly and easily when logged in as an administrator. Local administrator passwords are easy to crack with software found on the Internet. Novell passwords are not easy to crack.
How does it all work? Once installed, these programs begin to capture data. The data can be stored on the machine, or even ed to another user. Keystrokes can be captured, gathering your logins and passwords to websites, what you type in a document or , as well as any information you enter on a form.
How does it all work? Screenshots can be captured, showing what you are seeing on the screen. Malicious users can use what they have captured to login as you and have access to all of your programs, files and data.
Examples of data captured
This example shows how passwords can be stolen by capturing keystrokes.
Examples of data captured This example shows how computer activity can be monitored.
Examples of data captured
What can you do? Do not allow students to use your computer, if possible. Be sure to logout when you leave your computer, even for a brief time. Logout and turn off computers at the end of each day. Do not allow others to use your computer when you are logged in. Be aware of where you are saving documents. Do not save sensitive information to a shared folder.
What can you do? Change your password frequently. Select hard to guess passwords with letters, numbers and other characters. Be aware of what students are doing on the computers. Report any suspicious activities to your supervisor and your technology support staff.
Use anti-spyware programs on your home computers to detect and delete malicious programs.
The Law State and Federal laws prohibit unauthorized access, additions, deletions, or changes to a network, password disclosure and numerous other activities. Violations of state and federal codes may result in fines and imprisonment. Copyright is a very serious issue. Violations may result in very large fines. Students should be educated on laws and ethics. Be sure to read the Douglas County Acceptable Use Policy on our staff home page:
The Law Georgia Code: bin/pub/ocode/ocgsearch?docname=OCo de/G/16/9/93 bin/pub/ocode/ocgsearch?docname=OCo de/G/16/9/93http://www.ganet.org/cgi- bin/pub/ocode/ocgsearch?docname=OCo de/G/16/9/93 Federal Code: me/1030NEW.htm me/1030NEW.htm me/1030NEW.htm
We use locks to protect our homes, cars, and other valuables. Protect your personal and school data by taking steps to keep it secure.