Recent news of data breaches–including one at the Ashley Madison website–serve as reminders for the UW-Madison community.
UW account holders should never use UW credentials (NetID, UW email and NetID passwords) for non-work-related third party sites. The chance of a data breach, however slim, can have significant consequences for a compromised account-holder and the University. While the University would not typically share exposed credentials, others may not be so kind.
Account holders are also reminded to review and follow the University Responsible Use Policy. Specifically, item 9 on De Minimus Use:
In the interest of making the use of IT resources a natural part of the day-to-day learning and work of all members of the University community, incidental personal use is tolerated. However, one should use non-University sources of email, Internet access, and other IT services for activities of an extensive nature that are not related to University purposes.
Questions about the policy or its enforcement can be directed to the Office of Cybersecurity at email@example.com.