Carnegie Mellon University

Secure Your Computer

At Carnegie Mellon, we strive to provide a safe and secure computing environment for the campus community and recommend that you follow safe computing practices. Follow the steps provided to ensure your computer is kept up-to-date and the recommended security settings are configured.

Mac OS 10.9+

Windows 10

Windows 7 and 8

Secure Your Mobile Device

Mobile devices, including Smart Phones, are portable computers that should be secured the same as any computing device. Adhere to these practices:

  • Lock your phone with a PIN, password or pattern.
  • Avoid storing sensitive data on your phone.
  • Use caution when connecting to public wireless networks; instead connect to secure wireless networks when available (e.g., CMU-SECURE).
  • Update your mobile device apps frequently.
  • Disable Bluetooth when not in use.
  • Adhere to the ISO Mobile Device Security and Usage Guideline.