Complete this simple information security checklist and make it a habit to follow the tips.
- Read the AUP Overview
- Learn how to securely configure your Windows or Mac computer with the How to Protect Your Computer Guide
- Never leave your notebook unattended in public places! It only takes seconds for someone to swipe your computer.
- If you live in a dorm, discuss with your roommate(s) how to secure your computers
- Secure your computer to a permanent fixture with a laptop cable or other anti-theft device
- Before you leave your room, always lock the screen or logout, and lock doors and windows
- Register your computer with the Department of Public Safety, call 202-687-4343
- Use a unique password to protect your NetID. Click here for password guidelines.
- Never tape passwords to your computer monitor!
- Set up automatic updates for your operating system
- Install the latest patches and updates for desktop software, such as your Web browser, word processor and instant messaging client. Make periodic visits to the software provider's Web site.
- Regularly update your antivirus and anti-spyware. The Georgetown University Software Webstore provides Symantec Antivirus at no cost. To download a copy, visit the Georgetown University Software Webstore.
- Set up your computer firewall
- Avoid surfing or shopping at disreputable websites
- Always remember to make backups of your work! Two highly recommended methods include using a backup disk drive (such as an external hard drive) or cloud storage (GU Box, Google Drive, etc.).