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Today's IT tip: Security begins at home

Oct. 24, 2007
By Sean O'Malley

Editor's note: Through October, the Office of Information Technology will offer information security best practices in observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. 

Your home computer is a good place to start when looking to improve your approach to IT security, particularly if you transfer files between home and office. Some tips:

  1. Keep your operating system up to date.
  2. Install current anti-virus software. The university's license for McAfee Virus Scan (Windows) and Virex (Mac) currently covers home use, so you should download and install the appropriate version if you don't already have virus protection at home.
  3. Turn on your computer's built-in firewall.
  4. Make sure your personal passwords are not easily guessed.

Identity theft is another personal concern. Learn about the risks and the steps you can take to prevent it. The Federal Trade Commission publishes an excellent guide at www.ftc.gov/idtheft.

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