Security Tips

Basic Steps

Install protective software and set it to scan files and update on a regular basis.

  • Trend Micro OfficeScan Antivirus is automatically installed on Tufts- provisioned machines. For those enrolled in LANDesk, antivirus updates and notifications are managed automatically.
  • Students can download free, licensed Command Anti-Malware.

Lock it up. Both physical and virtual locks help you to stay secure.

  • Use strong passwords and keep them private using a password management tool.
  • Secure your computer with a cable and lock.
  • Register your computer with TUPD's engraving program so if your computer is stolen, there is a better chance of tracking it down.
  • Use different passwords for different sites. Having different passwords for each important account makes it harder for hackers to access your personal information.
  • Use email and the Internet safely.
    • Be aware that many people use the Internet for malicious purposes.
    • Ignore unsolicited emails and IM messages. These are probably spam or phishing messages trying to get your personal information.
    • Don't download attachments you weren't expecting to receive and enter links into your browser rather than clicking on them.
  • Use secure connections, like Tufts VPN, when in public or new places to protect your data.


  • Use whole disc encryption if you have a laptop or if you handle sensitive information. This will make your data inaccessible to anyone without the correct password, even if the device is stolen or hacked.
  • Run your computer from a non-administrator account. By logging in as a different user, you will have to enter your admin credentials when downloading. This simple extra step will stop malware from automatically downloading onto your machine.


  • When sending or storing sensitive information, use a zipping and encryption program like 7-Zip or Truecrypt.


  • Run personal or non-Tufts applications in a virtual machine
  • Use No Script or other browser hardening tools to make your machine more secure.
  • To periodically reset your computer to a standard image, use Deep Freeze, which will delete all files, applications, etc. that were not on the computer when it was first installed.