Information Security Tips
Keep a Clean Machine
Keep security software current
Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
Automate software updates
Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
Protect all devices that connect to the Internet
Along with computers, smart phones, gaming systems, and other web‐enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
Plug & scan
USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.
Protect Your Personal Information
Protect your identity
Limit the amount of personal information you share or provide. The following is a list of information that you should not post online:
- Address (city and state may be safe) do not post your Residence Hall, sorority house address or even your home address
- Your class schedule or where you work
- Social Security Number
- Birthday (if you do list, post month and day only, and leave out the year)
- Cell phone number, home phone number
- Passwords or account information
Secure your accounts
Ask for protection beyond passwords. Many account providers now offer additional ways for you verify who you are before you conduct business on that site.
Make passwords long and strong
Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
Unique account, unique password
Separate passwords for every account helps to thwart cybercriminals.
Write it down and keep it safe
Everyone can forget a password. Keep a list that’s stored in a safe, secure place away from your computer.
Own your online presence
When available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It’s ok to limit how and with whom you share information.
Connect with Care
When in doubt, throw it out
Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or if appropriate, mark as junk email.
Get savvy about Wi‐Fi hotspots
Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.
Protect your money
When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for web addresses with "https://" or "http://", which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. "Http://" is not secure.
Be Web Wise
Keep pace with new ways to stay safe online. Check trusted websites for the latest information, and share with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to be web wise.
Think before you act
Be wary of communications that implores you to act immediately, offers something that sounds too good to be true, or asks for personal information.
Back it up
Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.
Be a Good Online Citizen
Safer for me more secure for all
What you do online has the potential to affect everyone – at home, at work and around the world. Practicing in good online habits benefits the global digital community.
Think before you post
Just as you should think before you speak, think before you post anything. Information remains online for years. If you don't want your family, campus administrators, or potential future employers reading your comments or viewing your pictures, do not post them.
Help the authorities fight cybercrime
Visit Stop, Think, Connect for more information.