Image: “Numbers of stolen cell phones growing fast around the country,” The Droid Guy
Thousands of cell phones are stolen and infiltrated every month. Even some Fordham students have been victims of this crime. Once a cell phone is hacked, the thief has access to a huge amount of personal information. So take heed! Follow these practical measures to avoid becoming a target.
- Use your phone’s security lock code to create a unique pass code.
- Disable bluetooth on your phone if not in use.
- Make sure to only unlock the phone when you need to use it.
- Do not lend your mobile phone to strangers on the pretext of an emergency situation. They may slip away with it before you know it.
- Immediately report a lost or stolen phone to your service provider and to the police, and insist on an acknowledgment.
- If you are a member of the Fordham community, report your theft to IT Customer Care at 718-817-3999 or HelpIT@fordham.edu
- When not in use, keep your phone out of sight—in your pocket, backpack, or handbag.
- Do not, by any means, leave your cell phone unattended.
- Avoid disclosing the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like “Home,” “Honey,”Hubby,” “Mom,” or “Dad.” Criminals might attempt to contact these individuals to extract more of your personal information.
Make sure your phone is secure. And if you get some weird-sounding texts from a friend or family member, get in touch with them in some other way before you respond.
For more information about cell phone theft, read “How to Deter Smartphone Thefts and Protect Your Data” from CTIA, the Wireless Association.
Fordham IT staff take “Innovation Walks” to disconnect from the online world and get some exercise. Disconnecting your computer from the network and disconnecting from your computer can have positive benefits.
It’s one thing to lend your smartphone to a friend to make a quick call, or share a computer with your family at home. It’s an entirely different matter when a stranger gains remote access to one of your devices.
You can prevent that from happening by disconnecting your computer from the Internet when you’re not using it.
Staying connected online all the time is easy and convenient. But a 24-hour connection increases your chances of an attacker or virus scanning the network for an available computer. When you’re not using it, turn off your computer or modem, or disable the WiFi connection. Make sure you have your firewall enabled.
Speaking of firewalls, at Fordham, you can’t even log onto our secured network unless you have firewall installed. This precaution helps keep the networked and wireless connections on all of Fordham’s campuses secure. That’s why we ask you to authenticate (called Network Access Control, or the NAC), each month. We strive to keep our campus’s online environment space safe for you, 24/7.
Moreover, it’s good to get in the habit of disconnecting. Fordham IT staff often take walking meetings together. Our productivity and enthusiasm improves when we take breaks from our computers and the online world.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at 9:00am, Fordham IT will be enhancing the security of the wireless networks at the Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester campuses. In order to do so we will be adding Service Set IDentifiers (SSIDs) to the current list of wireless networks. These networks will use the WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol and they require a key (password) to encrypt your wireless network traffic.
To access the secure wireless networks, simply select one of the following available wireless networks and enter the WPA2 Key when prompted for a password:
Campus SSID WPA2 Key
Rose Hill FORDHAMRH-S FORDHAMRH-S
Lincoln Center FORDHAMLC-S FORDHAMLC-S
Westchester FORDHAM400-S FORDHAM400-S
The following links contain more information on how to connect to and configure your wireless access:
Please note the existing unsecured wireless networks, FORDHAMRH, FORDHAMLC and FORDHAM400 will remain active and available, however, they are discouraged from being used and will ultimately be phased out. Additional wireless security enhancements which will integrate with your AccessIT ID, will be added in the coming months.
If you are unable to connect to a WPA2 network, make sure you update all network drivers to the latest versions. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the University Help Desk at 718-817-3999 or via e-mail to email@example.com.