Protect your privacy, security, and identity while using technology.
Your online presence is huge. Students use the internet to sign up for courses, pay bills, and communicate with friends, professors, the University, and employers.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada hosts fact sheets, videos, tips and cases relating to issues like online privacy and identity theft.
ITServices provides information about internet security, including golden rules for cyberspace and best practices for email use, creating passwords, and disposing of media.
Get the ITServices Desktop Assistant (Ida) for Windows users. Ida bundles antivirus software that is available to the Queen's community at no charge. Learn more about Ida.
Back up your files in a safe place like QShare, Queen's web-based file storage solution that is accessible anytime, anywhere. Even if your computer crashes or is stolen, you will have access to all of your files. Every student at Queen's gets a personal QShare space.
Read the Computer User Code of Ethics
The Queen's Computer User Code of Ethics is a policy which applies to all computers and devices connected to the Queen's network. The policy outlines guidelines for computer usage as well as procedures for lodging complaints and handling violations of the Computer User Code of Ethics.
Consult Queen's Email Harassment and STOP-IT program
Queen's ITServices, in partnership with the Human Rights Office, Campus Security, and Student Affairs, provides the STOP-IT program to help curb email harassment. The STOP-IT webpage will help you answer the question "Is it harassment?", as well as providing information about first steps when you have been subjected to email harassment.
Remember, ITServices will never request your NetID password.
Phishing is the term used when internet users are lured into providing personal information which is then used for criminal purposes. For more information, refer to:
The prevalence of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace means that what were once private things - photographs, videos, group memberships - are now easily available to large numbers of people, including potential employers and commercial vendors.
Think about your Facebook group memberships and what they say about you. What about your personal information, like your address and phone number? Are they available online to all other users? Facebook has reworked and strengthened its privacy settings in the past year. Ensure you are familiar with the availability of your information and your options for restricting access to it. Also keep in mind that certain applications and games on Facebook contain viruses or spyware that your antivirus may not block. No antivirus is 100% effective.
Queen's Marketing and Communications also provides guidelines for social media use at Queen's.