Students 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 Configure and perform regular operating system, web browser, and application updates:
- DO use a strong password and remember to change it every 90 days:
- DO update and run anti-virus software:
- DO exercise caution when opening attachments - they may contain malware:
- DO follow the ISO procedure for responding to a compromised computer:
- DO perform regular back-ups of your data. In the event of a compromise, your restore process will be greatly simplifies.
- DO install and run Identity Finder software to find, protect and remove personally identifiable data stored on your computer:
- 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 https://www.cmu.edu/iso/ for security alerts, news, services, safe computing practices, training events, polices and guidelines and help with securing your computer.