MIT IS&T presents:
10 Tips for Secure Computing
1. Patch, patch, patch!
Set up your computer for automatic software and operating system updates.
2. Install Protective Software
Sophos is MIT's recommended virus, Trojan, malware, and adware protection. Set it to scan your files on a regular basis.
3. Choose Strong Passwords
Use letters, numbers and $pec!@L characters to create an easy-to-remember mental image or acronym.
4. Backup, Backup, Backup!
Setting up CrashPlan can protect you from the unexpected.
5. Control access to your machine
Don't leave your computer unattended and logged in, especially in public places.
6. Use email and Internet cautiously
Ignore unsolicited emails, and be wary of attachments, links and forms in emails that come from people you don't know, or which seem "phishy."
7. Use secure connections
Your data can be vulnerable while in transit. Use VPN and secure file transfer options when off campus. We recommend Cisco AnyConnect for VPN.
8. Protect sensitive data
Reduce the risk of identity theft. Use encryption tools to protect sensitive data, and securely remove sensitive data files from your hard drive.
9. Use desktop firewalls
Macs and PCs have basic desktop firewalls as part of their operating systems. These firewalls protect your computer files from being scanned.
10. Stay informed
Stay current with the latest developments for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix systems.
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