- Never leave your notebook unattended in public places!
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn on your computer firewall.
- Avoid surfing or shopping at disreputable websites. Look for web addresses that begin with "https://" or "shttp://". "Http://" is not secure.
- 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.).
- Use only secure (password protected) wi-fi, rather than open, public networks.
- Beware of phishing.