Basic Steps for Protecting Computers

  • Check your workstation’s setup.
  • Use a strong password.  Guide to NetID password requirements.
  • Use a password-protected screen saver.
  • Configure your computer to lock the screen automatically after 10-15 minutes.
  • Turn on the system firewall.
  • Keep your operating system updated.
  • Install up-to-date anti-virus software and enable automatic updates.
  • Keep your applications updated.
  • Turn off file and print sharing if not needed.
  • Periodically check Windows Security Center, which monitors the status of your computer’s firewall, automatic Microsoft updates, malware protection, Internet connection settings, and user account settings.

Other suggestions:

  • If you are running Internet Explorer, switch browsers. Internet Explorer is subject to the largest number of security threats.
  • Be cautious when downloading (Kreb’s 3 Basic Rules for Online Safety):
    • If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t download it;
    • If you installed it, update it;
    • If you no longer need it, remove it.
  • Use secure wireless when possible, and be wary of public Wi-Fi.
  • Lock your computer when you leave it.
  • Make sure your data is regularly backed up (automatically the case with UT’s network and cloud storage).