7 Security Habits Everyone Should Have

For more information on campus information security, see the Information Security website

1.  Close your browser

When you are finished viewing any confidential information online, such as your bank account or student information, close your browser! This is especially true if you are using a computer in a computer lab.

2.  Regularly update system patches, security fixes, and anti-virus software

Make sure your computer has the latest patches, security fixes and anti-virus software. Set your computer to have updates downloaded and installed automatically.

3.  Protect your portal password

Never share your portal password or write it down anywhere it can be easily seen. Do not use dictionary words or family names. Change your password often.

4.  Don't open suspicious e-mail attachments (phishing)

Many viruses and worms are spread through e-mail files (including web links, file attachments and photos).

5.  Avoid adware/spyware/etc.

File sharing applications such as KaZaa and iMesh can cause many problems with your computer and leave it open to network attacks.

6.  Protect your data

Protect your important information by making sure your data is backed up regularly. There are a number of commercially available personal backup solutions, or you can establish your own backup habits (i.e. burning all of your important documents to external media once a month).

7.  Password protect your computer 

Adjust your computer’s settings so that a password is required to log on. Also, set a screensaver password so a password is required to access your computer if you leave it unattended.