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Library Technology Services: Secure Computing

Resources from Library Technology Services, for library employees

In today's digital world, secure computing isn't just an option, it's a necessity. From our personal finances to national security, everything relies on computers and networks, making them prime targets for malicious attacks. Here's a quick overview of how to ensure the security of your data.


5 tips for Secure computing

  • Avoid phishing and suspicious emails
    Be cautious when receiving unexpected emails or messages. Don't click suspicious links or download attachments from unknown sources

  • Lock your computer! Use The Windows Key + L
    Never leave devices logged in or unattended. Manually locking your screen helps prevent others from viewing or using your data when you're not around.

  • Backup data to cloud storage
    Using Cloud storage enables you to keep and recover data no matter what happens to your hardware or physical device  - OneDrive, Dropbox, etc

  • Update your devices
    Regularly update laptops and personal devices. 
    Updates patch security flaws, installs new features, and improves performance

  • Ensure your devices are safeguarded by using antivirus software. 
    This helps in identifying and warding off malware. If you’re on campus, you can utilize Windows Defender for this purpose. This is built into Windows OS and you can run it from settings if you are ever concerned you may have a virus.

 

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