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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.
- 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).