Safe Use of Public Access computers
When you are using public access computers such as those found in internet cafes, libraries, airports and hotels, you need to take extra precautions in protecting your sensitive information and data.
Computers in these environments may contain malicious software that could monitor keystrokes, capture your username and password or infect USB devices attached to them. As a precaution you should assume that computers in these environments lack adequate security and take measures to protect your sensitive online activities.
- Don't tick 'Save my password' when accessing your personal accounts such as email, social networks etc, the UNSW file service or other UNSW online services.
- Avoid accessing your bank account or doing credit card transactions on public access computers. Use a phone for these transactions instead.
- Clear the browser's history, quit the web browser and log off before leaving the computer, so that others can't retrieve your browsing sessions.
- Be aware that a USB memory stick plugged into these computers may become infected and install malicious software on the next computer you plug the USB stick into.
For a more detailed guide to safe use, refer to Stay Smart Online
Instructions for Windows XP Users
You can access your Home Drive and Shared Folders off campus via your home Internet connection as follows:
1. Go to Start > My Computer
2. In the left panel click 'My Network Places'
3. In the My Network Places left panel click 'Add a network place'
4. Click 'Next'
5. Click 'Next'
6. Enter the path 'https://myfiles.unsw.edu.au'
Select 'remember password' only if you are using your own computer. Note: you should not select this if you are using a public or untrusted computer such as those in computer labs, libraries and internet cafes.
8. Leave network place name as is (do not rename) then click 'Next'
9. Click 'Finish' to complete the setup wizard
Select 'Remember my password' ONLY IF you are using your OWN COMPUTER. Note: you should not select this option if you are using a public or untrusted computer such as those in computer labs, libraries and internet cafes.
11. The directory myfiles.unsw.edu.au will appear in My Network Places
Once you have set up your 'myfiles.unsw.edu.au' folder you can access it as follows:
1. In the left panel click 'My Network Places'
2. Double-click the 'myfiles.unsw.edu.au' folder
3. You will see the files and folders you have access to. Your Home Drive is inside the Staff folder and has your staff number (eg z1234567) as the folder name.
To identify which staff directory your folder is in:
3.1 Open a web browser and enter the following URL or click on the link below
University of New South Wales
My Home Drive:
4. Once you have confirmed the location of your home directory, you can create a shortcut of your Staff folder on the desktop. Right-click the Staff folder and click 'Create Shortcut'. Drag the new shortcut to an open area on the desktop.