Top 10 security tips

1. Never leave your computer logged on unattended. You are responsible for any activity performed using your UMassD Logon or other user ID.

2. Create an "uncrackable/unguessable" password. Check the standards for the UMassD Logon.

3. Don't give your password to anyone for any reason. Don't

  • log on with your password and then let someone else use your access
  • type your password when someone is watching
  • write down your password, include it in automated scripts, or store it on your hard drive or PDA
  • ask the system to remember your password

4. Maintain the confidentiality of all data, keeping in mind the privacy of all individuals. Check data security for UMassD employees

5. Never send confidential or personal information through the network or via email, chat, instant messaging, text, or VoIP (voice over Internet protocol: Internet voice communications). This includes:

  • passwords
  • credit card and account information
  • social security number
  • driver's license number

6. Install and routinely run anti-virus software. Update your anti-virus software regularly to ensure new virus signatures will be detected. 

7.  Update your operating system on a regular basis with the latest security patches, updates, and drivers. UMassD installs Sophos for all university-owned systems. Employees and students can install Sophos for personally owned computers. 

8. Never make or use illegal duplicates/copies of software, music, videos, etc.

9. Dispose of personal or confidential information in a secure manner: shred, wipe, incinerate.

10. Back up your data and applications properly. Store backups in a location away from the original source of the data (e.g., hard drive)

11. Protect your computer:

  • use surge protectors
  • do not drink or eat near it

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