Check wat you can do:
- Always report inappropriate conduct
What can you do if you experience or witness inappropriate or transgressive behaviour? Any form of behaviour or communication that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe is worth reporting. To report this kind of behaviour, or to ask a question, please read the information on VUweb.
Phishing emails ‘fish’ for confidential information. Phishing can happen by telephone, by text, on websites or on social media. The e-mails often contain a link to confirm login details. Criminals can then use these details to steal money from your bank account.
Criminals can also use e-mail attachments that have been deliberately infected, and recent years have even seen the emergence of so-called ransomware. It is used by criminals to block access to your files or even your entire computer. Phishing e-mails are deliberately written in a way that encourages you to click on them (after all, who wants to miss an invoice?). The attachment contains a code that connects to the internet, infecting your computer with a virus. Access to your computer is blocked and any stored files can only be decoded if you pay a certain amount of money to the cybercriminals.
You should be alert to any unexpected e-mails that you receive in your VU Amsterdam e-mail. Whatever you do, don’t open any attachments or click on links in these e-mails. If you have already clicked on a link or have doubts about whether an e-mail is genuine, you should contact the IT Service Desk at (020 59) 80 000. Please note: the IT Service Desk will never ask you by e-mail to change your password or verify your account.
Take the test: do you think you can recognize phishing e-mails? Take the test (in Dutch).
- Secure log-in in two steps
With effect from 25 May, new legal requirements will apply to the protection of personal data. Under these new requirements, VU Amsterdam must ensure that sensitive and personal data is even better secured.
Every employee of VU Amsterdam and the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam uses the university’s digital applications containing personal or sensitive information. One example of this is your webmail and the e-mails it contains. When you log in to webmail, VU Amsterdam wants to ensure that you are not just somebody else who is pretending to be you. At the same time, you want to be sure that your privacy at the university is secure.
For a number of digital applications, employees of VU Amsterdam will therefore need to log in using an additional verification step. How will that work? After logging in with your VUnetID and password, you will also be asked to identify yourself digitally using an app on your smartphone or using a USB key that slots into your computer.
In the first instance, the extra security step will apply to logging in to webmail. VU Amsterdam is currently looking at which digital applications will need a two-step login in the future.
- Stuff gone missing? VU Amsterdam Security will listen.
Main Building KC-04, or call 85854 or 020-5985854 > What to do in the event of loss or theft
- Are you a smombie?
The word ‘smombie’ is a contraction of ‘smartphone’ and ‘zombie’. This is someone who is so focused on their smartphone that they are almost entirely unaware of what is happening around them. The term ‘smombie’ sounds kind of cute. But just take a look at these videos and you’ll see what can happen to smartphone junkies in the hectic traffic on and around the VU Campus: Video clip 1 & video clip 2.
Don’t retreat into a world of your own. Be actively involved in the traffic!
- Are you prepared?
Add the VU Amsterdam-emergency number 020-5982222 to your contacts.
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