IT Security: Know the Rules of Cyber Ethics

“Cyber ethics” refers to the code of responsible behavior on the Internet. Just as we are taught to act responsibly in everyday life with lessons such as “Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you” and “Do not harm others,” we must act responsibly in the cyber world as well.

The basic rule is “Do not do something in cyberspace that you would consider wrong or illegal in everyday life.”

Considerations when determining responsible behavior:

  • Do not access someone else’s computer or use another’s password.
  • Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet, including software, games, movies or music.
  • Do not use rude or offensive language or plagiarize.
  • Always lock your computer when you step away or sign off/tap out on shared computers.

From the Center for Internet Security.

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