Secure Resolutions

It’s almost 2015 and a new year is a good time to make secure resolutions. OIT Security and Compliance’s resolution is to protect you and your data! Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Arm yourself with security knowledge by watching two-minute security awareness videos at  SANS Securing the Human.
  • Install free Kaspersky antivirus. Using up-to-date antivirus software has reduced the number and severity of virus outbreaks on campus. You can install Kaspersky on up to three of your personal devices. See NC State Antivirus Resources for more information.
  • Beware of phishing attacks. Never give your password to anyone! NC State will NEVER ask for your password. Two to three percent of NC State accounts are compromised on any given day. Replying to phishing email can temporarily shut down your account. Far worse, your identity can be stolen.
  • Change your password often (use passphrases) and don’t share it with anyone. It is a university policy violation to share your password.
  • Turn on password protection for your laptops, tablets and cell phones. Set the idle timeout so your device locks when not used. 
  • Do not check “remember my password” boxes. In doing so, you can prevent applications from storing your password locally on your device. Instead, type your password in each time you need to log in to an application.
  • Activate Google’s 2-Step Verification to provide an additional layer of security for your Google Apps @ NC State account. When activated, you will be required to log in not only with your password, but also with an additional security code that is delivered via text, call or mobile app. You can also print a list of security codes. So, even if your account is compromised, the bad guys cannot access it without also having access to your mobile device or additional security codes. To get started, see Sign in with 2-step Verification. For additional information, see 2-step Verification.  
  • Keep your apps and operating systems up-to-date. Reboot your devices at least weekly to allow updates to install.
  • Back up your data regularly to a separate location to prevent data loss and to protect you from ransomware. 
  • Use encryption software or built-in encryption options on your device to protect sensitive university data.
  • Set up lost/stolen location services on your device. Ask NC State police to engrave your mobile devices (for free).

For more information on how to secure your devices, visit Mobile Device Security Requirements and Recommendations.