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Your MIT identity gives you access to authorized information on the MIT network, so it is important to make sure that these access privileges are not abused by others.

Identity Theft

Personal information protection starts with your own actions, because once sensitive information (credit and bank accounts, educational, employment, and medical records, Social Security numbers) is in the hands of others, you have little to no means of controlling it.

Protecting Passwords

One of the weakest links in MIT's computer security efforts is your password. Despite the Institute's efforts to keep hackers out of your personal files and away from MIT-only resources, easily-guessed passwords are still a big problem.

If you have a hard time remembering all of your passwords, IS&T provides LastPass Enterprise, a free password management system that removes the inconvenience of remembering all of your passwords and increases security.

Spam and Phishing

Many malware attacks today occur through a combination of deceitful emails (spam) and compromised web pages. Don't open email from unsolicited sources or unknown email addresses. Take steps to reduce the amount of spam that comes in to your inbox. IS&T recommends using the Symantec Spam Quarantine service, a free service provided by MIT to filter unwanted emails.

Secure Authentication

MITnet is an open network. There are no network firewalls or filter restrictions. In this type of computing environment, an unprotected computer is especially vulnerable to online attacks, spam, or other threats. In this type of computing environment, an unprotected computer is especially vulnerable to online attacks, spam, or other threats.

These secure authentication methods are provided to help protect your identity as well as authenticate the communication between two computers.

Encrypted Connections

When working off campus, use MIT's Virtual Private Network (VPN) to securely and reliably access MIT resources. A VPN makes a tunneled network connection through the internet which securely connects you to remote sites.

To use the service, install the free Cisco AnyConnect VPN client on your system. Learn more.

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