Rules for Safe Computer Use
Follow the applicable rules
- Read up on the applicable rules and recommendations (e.g. REIM).
- Be aware that you are personally responsible for your actions.
- Respect the privacy of others.
Avoid the misuse of devices and passwords
- Choose passwords that are difficult to guess and keep them secret.
- Lock your device, log out of the system, or turn off the computer when you are away or do not need the device.
- Never leave mobile devices (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) unattended.
Act with foresight
- Make sure that the virus scanner is updated regularly and do not switch off this important protection system under any circumstances.
- Keep your operating system and applications up to date by installing regular updates and patches.
- Switch off all programs and services that you do not need for your work.
- Make regular backup copies of your data.
- Only use programs and data that you are authorized to use and have a legally acquired license.
Use e-mail and the Internet with caution
- Remember that links can connect to dangerous sites and that email attachments can contain malicious programs.
- Handle programs and data downloaded from the Internet with care and observe the applicable regulations.
- Ignore any request to disclose access data (username/password).
- Close websites that display changing advertising offers as soon as you no longer need them.
Read up on cloud computing and social media
- Check the legal terms and conditions of the supplier and clarify whether they are in accordance with the UZH regulations. The law of the storage location applies!
- Employee and financial data, as well as data belonging to third parties that have a confidentiality agreement must not leave UZH. Not even in encrypted form.
- Research data must remain accessible to UZH at all times in order to ensure traceability.
Report incidents immediately
- Consider violations of integrity or confidentiality as one incident!
- Report (possible) virus infections or any detected malware to your local IT Support team (administrative departments) or your IT Coordinator (institutes)!
- Report security-related incidents immediately to the department responsible for you or your superior! The central reporting office is firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 044 634 3333. In sensitive cases, you may request a callback from the IT Security Officer.