Computing Security Tips

  1. Use a unique password for each system you access. Do not use the same passwords for personal use, such as banking, social networking—example Facebook, or personal email. By using unique passwords, you can limit the extent of damage should one of your passwords become compromised.
  2. Enroll in Two Factor Authentication (2FA) wherever possible. Two Factor Authentication adds an extra layer of security for your online accounts and makes your accounts much harder for an attacker to gain access to.
  3. Do not keep your passwords written on post-it notes in plain view, such as on your monitor or bulletin board.
  4. Do not share you passwords with friends, family or coworkers. Also, do not allow friends or family members to use UCAR-owned equipment. Doing so would be a violation of UCAR’s UCAR's Information Systems Rules of Behavior.
  5. Be sure to keep your laptops up to date with patches, and to have current antivirus/antimalware software. Most applications can be updated by choosing “Check for Updates” from a menu. If you need assistance or have questions, please open an Assist ticket.
  6. When attending conferences that have utilized USB sticks for file transfer, feel free to bring your UCAR laptop or USB stick to a CSMT member for virus scanning.