Cyber Security: spotting odd behaviour

If something seems odd, it probably is odd

Things to look for when using computers and other devices:

  • Is your device performing slower than normal?
  • Does your device seem to be going through battery faster?
  • Are you getting random pop-ups?
  • Is your device crashing more often?
  • Changes to your internet home page browser
  • New toolbars on your internet browser
  • Higher than normal data usage
  • Unusual messages or programmes that start by themselves
  • Is your security software disabled?
  • New or unfamiliar icons or apps
  • Storage space is unexpectedly running low

Be vigilant

Keep an eye out for odd behaviour around computers and devices. This could include:

  • People using log in details that aren’t their own.
  • ‘Tailgating’, when a person tags along with another person who is authorized to gain entry into a restricted area
  • Someone inserting USB devices in equipment so it is hidden.
  • Copying data from a controlled source onto portable storage, i.e. USB storage device
  • People watching others closely, possibly recording, when logging into a system.
  • If you are contacted by “IT Support” – remember, you will never be asked for your password by any UC support teams or other organisations.

Report it 

If you think a device you use at UC is compromised, or you’ve spotted strange behaviour on campus, you can report it in the following ways:

  • Ring the IT Service Desk on 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or
    03 369 5000
  • Visit the IT Service Desk on the ground floor of Matariki
  • Log a ticket on the IT Self Service portal 

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