- Make your password hard to guess—use a passphrase instead of simple passwords.
- Never tell your password to anyone, and never write down your password.
- Use an AntiVirus application, keep it updated daily, and scan your drive at least weekly.
- Be sure to maintain and renew your subscription.
Laptop, Tablet, and Phone Tips
- Enable tracking software on your devices.
- Never leave your laptop, tablet or phone in your car.
- Keep your laptop locked with a security cable.
- When outside of your home, always have visual contact with your devices.
- Don't leave your devices "for just a sec" no matter where you are.
- Label for devices with your contact information should you misplace them.
- Think twice before clicking on emails from those you don’t know.
- Never click on links or open attachments from a stranger or even from someone you know if it looks suspicious. Call or text them to confirm that it’s legitimate first.
- Don’t send personal information like your social security number, driver’s license number, or credit card numbers via email
- Beware of phishing emails that ask for personal information. Companies and banks never ask you to confirm your password via email. If you are unsure if the email is legitimate, look up the phone number for the company or bank online, and call them first.
File Sharing Tips
- Distributing copyrighted videos and music files is illegal.
- Keep in mind that a file shared with you may contain viruses.
- Beware of peer-to-peer file sharing applications such as BitTorrent.
- Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system
- Update all applications when they become available (e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Java, Flash, Microsoft Updates, Web browsers).