Read and adhere to the Acceptable Use of Information Systems at VIMS & the Account Access Policies.
Create strong passwords and avoid words found in the dictionary. Suggestions and guidelines can be found at http://.
Ensure that your antivirus software is current and running.
For Windows systems, regularly install Microsoft suggested critical updates found at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
When completing online forms with sensitive information or making a purchase, be sure you are making a secure transmission. Secure transmissions will have a URL that begins with https:// or you will notice a lock icon on the status bar.
For Windows XP and Vista, lock your computer when not in use. Or for other systems, set a password protected screen saver for 10-15 minutes. This protects your data when you walk away from your computer.
Use Secure Shell for encryption of remote file access and transfers. Available online at http://
Back up important files and remember to clearly label your disks, zip, or CD/DVDs.