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Information Security & Privacy Tips for Students

Privacy is for everyone, but first you have to know your rights. The New School Student Privacy Notice describes how the university collects, stores, uses, transfers and protects your personal data.

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General Privacy & Security Tips

Security is everyone’s responsibility. Protecting and securing your data is not only important for you, it protects the entire New School community. Use the tips below to ensure your information stays private and secure.

  • Keep Your N-Number Secure never put your N-number in an email or leave your ID card out for everyone to see. Anyone with knowledge of your N-number could use it to access your student records and much more.
  • Keep Your Personal Information Personal–use The New School’s secure file transfer service at to send messages and files that contain sensitive info.
  • Phishing emails remain the primary method for malicious actors to compromise people and their data–See if you can pass this Google Phishing Quiz.
  • Weak passwords are out of style, use a passphrase (Myd0g$kipLov@sMe) that’s easy to remember or use a password service to create and store passwords.
  • Manage Your Privacy Settings Your personal data has tremendous value. Think before you give away your data to websites and apps only give them what they absolutely need.
  • Free Public Wi-Fi–Public wifi sounds great but it might come with a malware gift in the form of viruses, trojans, or keyloggers that automatically download to your device
    • Avoid connecting to unsecured wifi connections as much as possible (having a password doesn’t mean it's secure).
    • If you must connect, be sure that your Anti-Virus software is updated and actively protecting your device.
    • Be sure to use a VPN to protect your data from being intercepted and sold to criminals.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact the Information Security and Privacy Office at or visit our website.