Help Yourself

Restart Your Computer Every night

A critical component to securing your computer is to make sure that your computer is fully patched and that software and hardware vulnerabilities have been fixed. IT has implemented a server (WSUS) that will automatically monitor and apply new patches to all computers under the Division of Student Affairs. The automatic updates are performed at night in order to avoid interruption during day operations. In order for the updates to be successful, we ask that each user perform the following steps each evening before leaving home.

  1. Save and close all documents and programs.
  2. Restart your from computer.
  3. Leave the computer turned ON.

Choose strong passwords

Choose strong passwords with letters, numbers, and special characters to create a mental image or an acronym that is easy for you to remember. Create a different password for each important account, and change passwords regularly.

Control access to your machine

Don't leave your computer in an unsecured area, or unattended and logged on, especially in public places - including Athena clusters and Quickstations. The physical security of your machine is just as important as its technical security.

Use email and the Internet safely

Ignore unsolicited emails, and be wary of attachments, links and forms in emails that come from people you don't know, or which seem "phishy." Avoid untrustworthy (often free) downloads from freeware or shareware sites. Learn more about spam filtering.

Use secure connections

When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable while in transit. Use remote connectivity and secure file transfer options when off campus.

Protect sensitive data

Reduce the risk of identity theft. Securely remove sensitive data files from your hard drive, which is also recommended when recycling or repurposing your computer. Use the encryption tools built into your operating system to protect sensitive files you need to retain.

Most importantly, stay informed

Stay current with the latest developments for Windows, Macintosh Linux, and Unix systems.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Help Desk ext. 6776 or visit eHelp.