Office of Information Technology
A Student's Guide to Security and Liability to Muhlenberg's Network
Use great caution in opening e-mail attachments.
Your parents used to tell you "Don't talk to strangers!" That remains important advice. According to the CERT® Coordination Center at the Software Engineering Institute, operated by Carnegie Mellon University, you should only read a message that passes all of these tests:
The Know test: Is the email from someone that you know?
The Received test: Have you received email from this sender before?
The Expect test: Were you expecting email with an attachment from this sender?
The Sense test: Does email from the sender with the contents as described in the Subject line and the name of the attachment(s) make sense? For example, would you expect the sender - let's say your Mother - to send you an email message with the Subject line "Here you have, ;o)" that contains a message with attachment - let's say AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs? A message like that probably doesn't make sense. In fact, it happens to be an instance of the Anna Kournikova worm, and reading it can damage your system.
The Virus test: Does this email contain a virus? To determine this, you need to install and use an anti-virus program.
In public labs:
Every student is responsible for his/her own data when working in any computer lab. Students are not permitted to save data to hard drives of lab PCs. All student data should be saved to either a * USB Flash Drive or (less preferably) 3 ½” high density floppy disks, which the student must provide.
On student-owned PCs:
We recommend the purchase of a few USB Flash Drives or several boxes of disks to effect frequent backups of all work . Class presentations and lab work will also require portability of student data.