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Anyone using UvA ICT facilities must abide by the ICT code of conduct described below, which was drawn up by the UvA Board.

Ten Golden Rules for Secure Digital Work

First of all, make sure you know and apply the UvA code of conduct for the responsible use of ICT Facilities by Staff of the UvA. Below you find an overview of the most important rules: the ‘Ten Golden Rules’.

1. Ensure you have good basic security on your PC, laptop, phone and tablet.

Install antivirus software and a firewall, set up automatic screen locking and immediately do software updates when prompted. Set up the functions to find and lock your device, so that you can erase or lock your data remotely in case of theft or loss.
Basic security for computers and devices

2. When you leave your PC, laptop or tablet for a short while, lock the screen.

Never leave behind any confidential information at your workstation.

3. Set up a different and strong password (at least 12 characters) for each of your accounts.

Regularly update your passwords. Never allow others to use the password to your UvAnetID.
How to make strong passwords.

4. Ensure you can recognise phishing emails.

When you receive a suspicious email, always check the email address, links and attachments. Call the email sender if you don't trust the email.
How to recognise phishing emails.

5. Use OneDrive and Teams to store your files securely.

Files on OneDrive and Teams are encrypted and backed up

6. Use OneDrive, Teams, ResearchDrive or SURFfilesender to share personal and confidential data securely (in encrypted format).

Sharing data is more secure than emailing them.

7. Only use public networks with a secure VPN connection.

Without a secure VPN connection, others can easily spy on you! Inside UvA buildings, use the secure networks 'eduroam' or 'uva'.

8. Only use software and apps for which the UvA has entered into a data processing agreement with the supplier.

The security and privacy of data is guaranteed only when there is a data processing agreement.

9. Regularly tidy up your email inbox, data and personal data. Only gather data you need for your purpose and don't store data any longer than necessary.

Tidy up at the end of the teaching semester or (research) project.

10. Carefully consider which personal information you share on social media and who you link to.

Hackers are watching! Activate privacy and security settings for all you social media accounts and use multi-factor authentication where possible.

Unsafe ICT situation? Report cybersecurity incidents to the ICT Service Desk

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