Unisa Library subscribes to many valuable information resources and research databases. Before attempting to access the information resources or databases and the Library Catalogue, off-campus clients need to have certain hardware, software and settings in place. Clients need to:
The solutions we recommend might involve changing some of the security settings on clients’ PCs. Please note that the configuration of individual PCs and / or Internet browsers may affect their ability to transfer and display information correctly. It is entirely up to clients whether they keep these changes in place after they have completed searching our information resources.
Steps taken by Unisa Library to ensure security
Unisa Library would like to assure clients that our technology, connectivity, security and authentication systems are all working optimally. We are committed to client privacy and we ensure this commitment in a number of ways:
a) Https secured pages on the Library Catalogue
The Library site and your access to e-resources is protected by VeriSign SSL digital certificates. Using Secured Sockets Layer (SSL) technology, the personal information of clients is encrypted as it is passed to and from us. Clients will need to click YES on the Security Information box whenever this information box appears.
The 'https' in the URL of the My Library / Renewals / Login pages means that the pages and any personal information is protected.
The Library web site requires that cookies be enabled on clients’ PCs. The site is divided into public and private (secure) pages. Public pages are solely informational resources and clients will not be asked to provide any personal data to access these pages.
Cookies (devices that are used to track client information) are used on public pages in order to enable client sessions. For example, a cookie might track which database is visited and then store the database home page as a cookie for quick retrieval. No sensitive information is tracked by these cookies and these cookies expire very soon after clients leave the site.
c) The use of personal information
The Library does not provide client information to any third party. All information provided on our secure, private pages is used for internal purposes only, mainly to gather usage statistics.
Pages on which clients are asked for personal information are completely secured by our use of SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer. SSL encrypts any data clients provide and the data is thus made inaccessible to anyone who is not authorized to view the information.
Students need to claim their free myLife email account on the myUnisa site so that they have a valid email address in their Library records. Students should join myUnisa and then go through the process to claim this email account. The Reset PIN Request works through the myLife email account. Please see the myLife FAQ if you have any queries about the email account. There is also a comprehensive step-by-step online tutorial to guide students through the process of claiming their myLife email accounts on the myUnisa site http://my.unisa.ac.za and links to help documents on the JA-SIG CAS Single Sign-On screen https://cas.unisa.ac.za/cas/login?service=https://oasis.unisa.ac.za/