Securing Your Devices Checklist

ALL Devices (Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Phones and other Devices) whether personal or Tufts-owned 

  • Screen Savers & Lock Your Screen
    • Activate automatic screen savers with the screen lock and set for 10-minutes or less
    • Lock your screen, whenever you leave your computer unattended. See Screen Lock.
  • Antivirus
    • Install antivirus software and enable automatic scans
    • Antivirus is automatically set up on TTS managed devices.
  • Auto-updates
    • Set Operating System (OS), web browsers and key applications to auto-update and restart your device daily
  • Back-up
    • Back-up data in a location off of your device. You can use Tufts Box for Tufts data and set up other cloud accounts for your personal photos and data
  • Encryption is Enabled
  • Laptop Firewall
    • On personal devices, make sure to turn on the native firewall security settings
    • Firewall settings are automatically done on TTS managed devices

    Protect your accounts and logins

    • Passwords
      • Create a different password for your Tufts account and don't save in any web browser
      • Change it immediately if you think your Tufts password may have been compromised using TuftsTools and contact the 24x7 Service Desk at 617.627.3376 or
      • Use a password manager
    • Two-factor Authentication (2FA)
      • Use 2FA for your Tufts accounts and enable 2FA for all your personal accounts like online banking, Google, Amazon, etc.

    Accessing Tufts Services via the Tufts Network and/or Your Home Network

    • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
      • Use Tufts VPN for secure off-campus access to Tufts services
    • Tufts Secure Wireless
      • Only use the Tufts_Secure network for WiFi
    • Tufts Virtual Desktop Service
      • A secure virtual computer service that allows users to perform Tufts work from a personal device or to use specialized software
    • Secure your home network
      • Enable the highest level of Wi-Fi encryption, change the default administrator passwords and SSID of your router, and routinely apply security or “bios” updates to your router and any other network equipment

    Data Management

    • Securely destroy paper documents when no longer needed or even better, go 100% digital
    • Store electronic data in approved Tufts storage locations rather than locally on your laptop  

    Selling, Transferring or Disposing of any Device: A Laptop, Desktop, Tablet, Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax Machine, USB stick, and External Hard Drives

    • Return any Tufts owned devices to TTS when no longer needed, replaced, or leaving Tufts
    • Securely erase or destroy all devices or hard disks before getting rid of them

    Reporting Lost Devices and other Security Incidents

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