Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty & Staff Safe Computing Tips

The Information Security Office (ISO) recommends the following safe computing practices, to protect the data and computers of the Carnegie Mellon community members, and to avoid problems associated with malware and break-ins:

  • DO perform regular back-ups of your data. In the event of a compromise, your restore process will be greatly simplified. Visit System Restore for detailed information.
  • DO update and run anti-virus software. Visit Computing Services Secure Your Computer for installation instructions.
  • DO install and run Identity Finder software to find, protect and remove personally identifiable data stored on your computer.
  • DO perform regular updates of your operating system, web browser and other applications.
  • DO exercise caution when opening attachments via email, chat rooms, and on social networking sites. Such attachments may be carrying malware. Visit Be Aware for information on phishing, viruses, worms, social engineering and other security threats.
  • DO exercise caution when using file sharing P2P applications. Without secure settings, your confidentiality, as well as university data, could be compromised.
  • DON'T provide your user ID, password or other confidential information in an email or in response to an email. A request to do so is likely a phishing attempt.

The ISO encourages the university community to visit the ISO Website often at for security alerts, news, services, safe computing practices, training events, polices and guidelines and help with securing your computer.