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Secure your computer

Do the following to help ensure the security of your computer: 

  • Install K-State's antivirus software
    The software is free for use by all students, faculty, and staff on their personal computers. Learn more: Install Trend Micro.
  • Enable automatic software updates
    Updates are written to fix software vulnerabilities, fix bugs, and enhance software. Keeping software updated is vital to ensure your computer runs safely and securely. Learn more: Windows or Mac.
  • Use a standard user account for daily use
    To help limit damage done by malware infestations, avoid using an account with administrative privileges on a daily basis.
  • Set a password protected screensaver
    Enabling a password protected screensaver that activates after a short time of inactivity will help prevent anyone from accessing your computer when it is unattended. Learn more: Windows or Mac.
  • Require a password upon wakeup
    Requiring a password on your computer after it wakes from sleep mode will help prevent anyone from accessing it upon waking. Learn more: Windows or Mac.
  • Use K-State's VPN service when using unsecured wireless network
    This encrypts your data so it cannot be intercepted by others using the same unprotected wireless network, such as at a hotel, airport, or coffee shop. Learn more: Virtual Private Networking.
  • Disable Autoplay
    To help prevent viruses from spreading via thumb drives and discs, the Autoplay feature should be disabled. Learn more: Windows.
  • Back up critical files in a secure location
    No system is completely immune from a malicious attack or from a hardware or software failure that could unexpectedly and suddenly destroy files. Always ensure your most important data is backed up.
  • Don't leave technology unattended in public areas
    All it takes is seconds for thieves to steal your computer or confidential information, or to install viruses or other malicious software on your computer.
  • Never share your eID password 
    K-State policy prohibits sharing eID passwords. K-State will NEVER ask for your account, personal, or financial information by email. Learn more: Security for Information, Computing and Network Resources policy
  • Only use your eID password with K-State systems
    Using it for another website or service will lower the security of your password on both systems.