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Desktops and Laptops

There are sercurity procedures that every computer owner should follow to   keep their computers secure. They include:
  • Lock your computer when you step away.
    Keeping a password protected computer ensures that no one will go through your files while you have stepped away.
  • Install anti-virus/anti-spyware on your machine.
    All operating systems are susceptible to viruses and other malware. Having an anti-virus on your machine helps keep your computer safe.
  • Use a personal firewall.
    All major operating systems come with a built-in firewall and it is recommended that it is turned on.
  • Always install updates for your operating system and all applications.
    Updates not only enhance features of the operating system and applications but also patch any security holes in these systems.
Laptops pose an additional threat because they are more mobile than desktops. In addition to the above procedures, it is also recommended that you do the following:
  • Encrypt important files.
    Encryption provides peace of mind knowing your files will not be accessable if your laptop gets stolen as these files cannot be accessed without your encryption password. It is important that you encrypt your important files and even your entire hard drive if possible. The Sacred Heart IT Department provides our laptop users with PGP to encrypt your entire hard drive.
  • Physically secure your laptop.
    There are special cables that can tether your laptop to a stationary object to ensure that your laptop cannot be physically removed from the area.