Everyone should practice safe password practices. If you write down passwords, DO NOT LEAVE the password in plain sight.
At the College of Engineering, you shouldn't download and install applications from unknown sources. If a website is prompting you to install a program, it's possible that the website is trying to get you to install some malicious software. Only download software directly from the company/manufacturer website. If you need to
One of the easiest and safest computing practices is to back up your data. If something happens to your computer, you could lose everything that is saved locally on the computer. You could also back up your data to an external hard drive. While this will allow you to have multiple copies of your data, it still has its own risks. For example, Ransomware is targeting attached storage devices. This means if you get infected with Ransomware, your external devices could get encrypted/infected.
The Division of
Full backups are completed monthly, incremental backups are done weekly, and differential backups done nightly. All are written to tape and stored according to their retention schedules. By using our network storage spaces, it will help eliminate data
Another safe practice is to always lock your computer when you're away from your desk. This will prevent other people from using your workstation. It can prevent someone else from reading your mail, deleting your files or emails. If you are working on anything that has regulations about privacy, or if you have sensitive information on your computer, you could be held responsible if someone accessed the data while you were gone.
Another reason to lock your computer, is that someone could access your computer while you're gone and install malicious software. This software could then spread to the rest of the network and it would look like the malware came from you.
Another example, if you don't lock your computer and you save your passwords in Firefox, a person can access your saved password by clicking a couple buttons.
Don't plug in unknown USB devices into your computer. USB devices can be infected with malware that is undetected and it can take over your computer. There are some devices known as USB killers. These USB devices
You should make sure that you install your Operating system updates. Do not keep postponing them. Software manufacturers are constantly fixing software bugs, updating their software and making improvements. These updates
You should exercise caution when opening email attachments. Email attachments are one of the biggest
You should enable two factor authentication where ever it is possible. You can find out more about
MSU IT Services has created a security awareness training for Michigan State University faculty, staff and students. The course is available on MSU Desire2Learn. The Division of