- Back up your computer regularly and store the backup in a secure location away from the computer.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware applications on your computer.
- Verify that your computer's built-in firewall is turned on.
- Keep software applications, operating systems and security patches up-to-date.
- Create strong passwords and do not share them with anyone for any reason. A strong password has at least eight characters, uses a combination of numbers, upper and lowercase letters, and uses at least one special character (such as !@#$%^&*).
- Log off, lock your screen or use a password-activated screensaver when stepping away from your computer.
- Avoid opening links and attachments embedded in emails if you cannot verify the source.
- Limit the amount of personally identifiable information-such as Social Security number, income tax records, credit card numbers and banking information-you store on your computer. If your computer is lost or stolen this can become valuable information.
- Use a cross-cut shredder to destroy documents containing sensitive information, such as non-directory student information, FSU proprietary documents and employee Social Security numbers.
- Take a moment to read the FSU information policies at security.fsu.edu/Policy.