Safe computing

Safety and Security

Anti-Virus Software

Please make sure your computer is protected by antivirus software before you connect to the Rider network. If you do not have one installed on your device, consult with your internet service provider to see if they offer a free antivirus software download.

Spyware Detection

Spyware is software that is installed on your machine, usually without your consent or knowledge. In its least destructive form, it may cause pop-up ads, switch homepages and change default search engine selections. It can also “hijack” your Internet browser, log your passwords, personal information and corrupt your operating system. The purpose of spyware is to collect information about the computer, its use and send this information to a third party. The possibility for identity theft is very high, given the extent to which we use computers to meet our daily needs. Spyware is often bundled with other software applications, such as Instant Messengers, and Peer-to-Peer clients. In many cases, deselecting Easy Install, will allow you to install the core application without the added spyware. Unfortunately, some forms of spyware are only detectable when using a spyware scanning tool.

Rider University OIT does not remove spyware from students computers. Preventing spyware infestations is your best defense.

Protecting Yourself

There are programs that can be used to remove some forms of spyware. Many of these are provided without charge for personal use. Scanning computers daily using updated spyware definitions is recommended for optimum protection and performance. While anti-spyware programs may not be able to address all spyware problems, they are essential tools for keeping your computer operational, and your identity protected.

To our knowledge, no single anti-spyware program has been shown to be effective at removing all forms of spyware. A combination of tools may be needed to address a severe spyware infestation. This is a rapidly developing threat and, in some cases, it may be impossible to remove all spyware using automated tools. In such cases, it may be necessary for students to seek the aid of a competent outside technician.

The Office of Information Technologies does not recommend or endorse the services of outside service providers.



Information and Password Security

Information Security

The university provides a secure network where employees and students can feel safe utilizing the University network and electronic resources in pursuit of academic goals.Network safeguards are in place to manage network traffic and securely manage passwords including password resets. The University evaluates data security on an ongoing basis, including conducting independent external evaluations of our data security practices.

Password Security

Your passwords are the keys you use to access information that you’ve stored on your computer and in your online accounts. It is your responsibility to use strong passwords and keep them well protected. Below is the current set of recommendations for password security:

Do Not Share Your Password

Do not share your password with friends, family, co-workers or even OIT support staff. 

Do Not Save Your Password

Some applications and web sites offer to save your passwords. This is convenient, but poses a security risk. Always choose “no” when prompted to save a password online.

Do Not Write Down Your Password

Storing passwords on post-it notes on your monitor (or even under your keyboard) is an open invitation to access your information. If you absolutely find it impossible to remember your password, write down a hint instead of the actual password.

Choose a Strong Password

• Make it at least 8 characters. The longer the better.

• Avoid common words and proper names.

• Use both uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

• Try a passphrase instead: When I was 7, my dog Dolly went to heaven. (Not every system will accept passphrases; when in doubt, try it out.) The odds against anyone cracking it even with the help of a supercomputer are astronomical.

• Make your passphrase original.

• Don’t use familiar or famous quotations.

• Don’t use any real names especially your own, your family members or your pets.

• Nonsensical passphrases are the hardest to crack.

• Change your password on a schedule. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your password, it’s time to change it.


NOTE: It is OIT’s policy to never ask for your password. Never send passwords or other sensitive personal information via email.


Article ID: 130217
Mon 3/15/21 12:35 PM
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