102105-VE-Women-Computers-1Basic technology guidelines are in place to secure your devices and your identity.

Online Security

Do not leave any tabs open once you are done using them!

Hackers can access your login information if the tabs are left open, and they will not hesitate to steal your bank or email accounts. Make Sure You Log out Completely! Then Close the Tab.

The stronger a person’s password, the better off they will be.

Make sure to include at least one uppercase and lowercase letter and, at least one number or symbol to a password. The more variety in the password the stronger it becomes.

Do not respond or click on links in unknown emails

Never respond to an email asking for your personal information as these are usually  phishing scams. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that are infected with malware so be careful. New Mexico State University ICT staff will never ask for your MYNMSU password in an email. If you receive an email like this it is a hacker!

Protect Your Data

Save your work often

It is  good practice to save your work periodically on a computer. No one knows if/when a system will fail, and everyone has experienced the frustration of having to start work over because we forget to save. Don’t forget to do it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Back up to an external device

Flash drives are essential for backing up files on a computer (pictures, mp3, wmv, word docx, etc.) Computers are known to crash, it is best to have an external hard drive or at least an 8GB flash-drive to back up the most important files.

Update your computer

It is  common practice to do regular updates of everything contained on a laptop. Enable automatic updating for all software, including but not limited to:

  • Operating System (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
  • Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  • Office Software (Microsoft Office, Open Office, etc)
  • Java
  • Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash

The recommendation is at least once a month. This will ensure a longer laptop life.

 

Taking care of devices

Secure your phone and tablet

Smartphones and tablets are just as accessible to a hacker trying to hack into your computer. Close out applications on your smartphone  you are not currently using.

Power down

It is essential to save energy today on our planet, everyone is going green so make sure that when you have left work for the day that your laptop is shut down and unplugged from the power source. (No, computers do not need to be constantly charging when they are turned off, it is wasting electricity.) To learn how to be more sustainable click here