January 2, 2024

New Year’s resolutions

Last week we posted tips for securing connections, and this week we’ll focus on securing your devices to stay Cyber Smart in 2024.

Resolution #2: Secure your devices

  • Update and patch your operating system (OS) and other software.
  • Use antivirus software and keep it up to date. Sophos antivirus is free for the UW community.
  • Consider encryption for your computers and devices.
  • Back up your data and devices in case of theft or a ransomware attack.
  • Don’t leave laptops  and other devices unattended in public spaces.
  • Dispose of devices securely when you no longer need them.
  • Review APS 55.1, Mobile Device Use and Allowance Policy, particularly Section 4, for information about your responsibility for UW data on devices, whether they are personally or UW-owned.

See the Securing Laptops Risk Advisory for more tips.

Next week: Secure your UW NetID!

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