Securing Your Computer and Data

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This KB Article References: Cyber Security
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Staff, Students
Last Updated: March 22, 2017

Here are some tips to help protect your computer's security and keep your data safe.

Back Up Your Work

You should always back up your computer files so you have a copy of them someplace other than on your computer. This is important in case the computer ever has a serious problem, such as a virus infection, defective hard drive, or corrupt operating system. Viruses and hard-drive failure can damage files to an unrecoverable extent.

Install Symantec Endpoint Protection and Keep Virus Definitions Up-to-Date

If you already have an antivirus installed on your computer - then do not intsall Symantec. You cannot have more than one antivirus installed at a time - if you'd like to install Symantec, you must first uninstall your old antivirus. 

Viruses are malicious programs that run on a computer. They can take control by being:

  • Destructive: compromising computer files; allowing outsiders to access your files; replicating itself through email (using your address book) or through the network; etc.
  • Non-destructive: consuming computer resources making a computer slow; annoying pop-ups or error messages; etc.

By installing Symantec Endpoint Protection and ensuring the virus definitions are kept up-to-date, users will be less likely to fall victim to computer viruses.

Keep Your Operating System Up-to-Date

Having an up-to-date operating system reduces the likelihood of being exploited by malicious software.

Set Passwords on Administrative and User Accounts

In today's computing environment, passwords are still the primary method of securing access to your personal and sensitive data.

Turn on a Firewall

Connecting to the Internet can expose your computer to the world. Firewalls are like building a moat around your castle. Intruders will have to first break through the firewall to try to exploit your vulnerabilities.

Keep a Record of Device IDs 

Keep a record of the serial numbers and Wi-Fi/MAC addresses of all your computers, laptops, and mobile devices (learn how to find Serial Numbers/MAC Addresses). Do not store this record on one of your devices, as you'll need to be able to access it in the event that your device is lost or stolen. 

To Help Keep Your Computer Secure, Avoid:

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