Read the AUP Overview

Physical Security

  • 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.

Digital Security

  • 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.

Secure Computing

  • 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.