As our work and personal lives continue to merge, it’s important to protect our work and home computers as well as our mobile devices. The following best practices will help keep all of your devices (and your valuable data) secure.
Securing your work and home computers
Whether an attack is executed via email, a malicious website, removable data or social engineering, these best practices will help prevent it from occurring:
- Keep your operating system patched with the most recent updates. A few examples of these applications are your Internet browser, Adobe products and Java.
- Install and maintain anti-virus software. All staff can obtain free anti-virus software through the University.
- Ensure that a host-based firewall is enabled:
- If you are not connecting locally to the DoIT Staff Network, review the Campus Tools to Work Remotely. Primarily, understand how to use WiscVPN to secure your remote connection.
- Password protect your workstation. For guidance on creating password review the How to select, manage and protect passwords guide.
- Learn more about securing your home or work computer.
Securing your mobile device
Mobile devices provide a different user experience than a work or home computer, and offer a different set of challenges for securing the device and data. The UW–Madison Office of Cybersecurity recommends these best practices to prevent an attacker from accessing your data or accounts:
- Be sure to use a strong and unique passcode or pattern sequence. If your unlocked phone is stolen your work accounts can be accessed easily.
- Keep your device up to date. That includes both the operating system and the apps running on your device.
- Look into tracking and remote wipe options for your phone
- Be cautious when clicking on links or QR Codes.
- Research an app before installing it.
- Learn more about security your mobile device.