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Annual Fire Safety and Security Report

Safety and Security on the Computer Network

The University’s campus-wide computer network is part of the Internet, and when you use it, you have the ability to interact with people, both good and bad, all over the world.

Meeting people, making friends, and doing business on the internet are risky activities. Use directories, the telephone, and other media to confirm that people are who they claim to be. For your own safety, when arranging your first face-to-face meeting with someone you met online, be sure to meet in a public place with friends present.

Be aware of popular online email and social media scams:  job scams where scammers ask for money or credit card numbers in order to apply for a job, or phishing scams where scammers impersonate the University in order to trick you into replying with passwords or personal information.  The FTC maintains a list of these common scams.

You are also bound by the University’s rules governing acceptable computer use whether or not you have read them.  Losing your computer account isn’t the only penalty for violating the University’s rules; University discipline and, in serious cases, state and federal law enforcement can be involved. You can also be liable for deliberate damage.

If you encounter online safety concerns, online scams or computer and network misuse, report the incident to abuse@uga.edu. The University’s incident handling team will promptly investigate the problem and refer it to appropriate authorities.