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There are a number of steps you can take to protect your computer and data from harm or intrusion.

  • Use good password-"sense"
    • Force the use of passwords on computers used to access Rice resources, both in the office and at home
    • Choose a good, hard to guess password
    • Don't share your password
    • Passwords
  • Ensure that your computer is safe - includes computers that connect to Rice from office and at home
    • Apply security patches as they become available automatically.
    • Run an antivirus program and update it daily.
    • Use a personal firewall.
    • Secure your laptop with encryption or other tools that prevent hackers from accessing the data on your computer.
  • Leave data on the server
    • As much as possible, do not copy sensitive information to your desktop, laptop or portable device.
    • Work from the server copy of documents containing sensitive data.
  • Remove all data from all devices (computers, PDAs, cell phones, etc) BEFORE they are transferred to another user or department, sold, or otherwise disposed of.
    • Many of the cases of data theft occurs from systems that are sold or transferred before they are cleaned of private and confidential data.
    • Rice's IT Security Officer has provided guidelines for safe computer equipment disposal at Rice
  • Use secure connections to access resources
    • Rice University uses secure connections for many of the most commonly used network applications (Email, web, calendar, etc).
    • Rice also provides VPN access to securely connect to the Rice network while at home or away. (https://docs.rice.edu/confluence/x/VwE9 )
  • Report incidents, from stolen devices (laptops, pdas, etc) to suspected network break-ins immediately
    • The quicker we know about an incident the quicker we can respond, potentially limiting any damage.
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