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To defend your data, keep all personal devices secured, updated and protected


Protecting your computer, tablet or phone is an important step toward defending your data. In support of Data Privacy Week, Information Technology Services recommends seven steps for securing your devices, particularly in a public place.

1. Don’t leave equipment unattended. Making a quick trip to the bathroom? Take your computer or phone with you.

2. Create a unique lock. Make sure access to your device requires a passcode or a unique biometric identifier such as a fingerprint or facial recognition.

3. Limit app downloads. Before installing any new app, make sure you are using an official app store and verify the developer’s credibility. You should also check the reviews and ratings of the app.

4. Periodically review downloaded apps. Delete apps you no longer use or don't recognize. Be sure to check your settings for a list of all apps, not just those that may appear on your home screen.

5. Use antivirus software. Employees and students get free Sophos anti-virus software for up to three personal devices.

6. Use strong authentication. Create long, unique passwords for each account and store them in a password manager. Never reuse or share passwords. Add more security by enabling multi-factor authentication wherever possible, especially on personal accounts that store sensitive information like credit card numbers. 

7. Keep apps and devices current. Perform regular updates or enable automatic security updates.

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