Safe Computing Quick-Start Checklist

Complete this simple information security checklist and make it a habit to follow the tips.

Getting Started
Physical Security
  • 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
Digital Security
  • 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
Secure Computing
  • 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.).