As with any online application, security is always a concern with CITES NetFiles.
Data interception, a major security issue, is handled automatically by NetFiles. When you work with NetFiles, all your data is automatically encrypted from the moment you log until you log out. In other words, you can use NetFiles on a laptop in an internet cafe and not wonder who's taking your password, looking at your research data, or interfering with anything else you do in NetFiles on the Web.
In fact, most NetFiles security issues stem from its convenience features. Read and follow the tips below to make sure you are using NetFiles as safely as possible.
Security tips for using CITES NetFiles
- Windows WebFolders: Windows users have the option of creating a permanent connection to CITES NetFiles on their desktop. Because this links directly to your NetFiles account, this option should only be used on your home or office computer, never in a computer lab. For more information on using Windows WebFolders, please see Using CITES Netfiles on a Windows PC.
- Shared files: Pay attention to your shared files. Never put anything in your shared or www directories that you do not want other people to see. Be careful who you grant write and administrative privileges to. Be careful about opening entire directories to the outside world. A simple mistake could allow others to access your NetFiles directory. Even if you're not concerned about others seeing your files, any file someone else places in your NetFiles directory will count against your quota and may even violate copyright law. For more information, please see Sharing Files.
- Log out: Always log out when you've finished your NetFiles session, especially when using a lab or on public computers. This will prevent others from using your NetFiles account, either accidentally or intentionally.