Secure Your Computer

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

  • Install antivirus software

Antivirus software is your first line of defense. Antivirus software will detect, block and remove viruses. It will also warn about dangerous websites and links. All university-owned computers have antivirus software installed and maintained by computers. All personal computers connecting to the K-State Network must have antivirus software installed. Learn what's recommended:

  • 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 period of inactivity will help prevent anyone from accessing your computer when it is unattended.

  • 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. By default, this feature is enabled on Windows computers. Learn more about requiring a password after waking your Mac.

  • Use K-State's VPN 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

Autoplay or autorun is a Windows feature that allows programs to run automatically when a CD or USB flash drive is inserted into a PC. Cybercriminals use this feature to infect your device with malware. You should disable your Autoplay feature so your device is not vulnerable.

  • 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.