Computers On Campus
OUS Computer Usage Policy and Procedures
For more information please see POLICIES & PROCEDURES.
Here for the students offering:
Requirement to use computers on campus:
- You must be current student with a valid OU ID .
- Friendly and knowledgeable lab assistants to help students
Safe Computer Usage
Sharing OU accounts and/or passwords
If you share your username and password with someone who uses a computer for illegal purposes, you will be considered a suspect during the investigation of those activities. OHIO University uses several different programs to ensure legal usage of computers that access our network, including port scanners, which constantly monitor the activities of users on the OHIO network. You can prevent involvement in these activities by using a strong, private password for your OHIO account.
Torrents and other Peer to Peer programs
While Peer to Peer (P2P) applications are legal, most of the content downloaded through these applications is not. Most data provided to users through P2P networks is compromised copyrighted data that could result in hefty fines and other legal action. In order to combat software, video, and audio piracy, OHIO University has banned all P2P applications, such as uTorrent, Bittorrent, and other popular torrent programs. While scanning for security vulnerabilities, the OHIO network is also monitored for these types of applications. Computers running these applications will have their network capabilities disabled until OHIO Information Security has gathered necessary user information and is provided with the necessary information to ensure all programs of these types have been removed.
Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites
Social media websites are one of the primary outlets for distributing worms, trojans, and other forms of malware to computers. While most users have no need to access these programs during the workday, those who do should be especially careful of links, pop-ups, and browser redirection. Shortened URLs using websites such as bitly.com and TINYUrl.com can further complicate matters, as these links can make potentially dangerous websites indistinguishable from safe ones until the user has already visited the site.
Phishing scams and e-mail attachments
Should you receive a suspicious e-mail from a friend, fellow employee, or a complete stranger - avoid opening the message. These messages generally involve topics such as account activation or deactivation (especially with websites such as PayPal where money can be transferred), online lotteries, inheritance, investments, job offers, healthier living, or bogus petitions against non-existent laws. You should avoid any e-mails of this type unless you're expecting a message in regards to one of these specific topics from someone you know.
If browsing the web is a necessary component of your job details, please avoid installing any free software or web browser plug-ins. Many times these programs and plug-ins include additional worms, trojans, and other forms of malware. If you require a specific piece of software that you have not been provided with, please contact the IT department for assistance in locating and installing the correct software on your machine.
Sensitive and personal information on workstations
A savvy computer user can often recover sensitive information that you believe you've removed from your computer. Traces of files are left on your hard drive, even after they have been deleted. Data that has been deleted from hard drives for several years has been recovered in many cases. In order to reduce the likelihood of your private information being compromised, avoid using your work computer to access personal accounts, banking, and other non-work related websites.