12 Back-to-School Cyber-Security Tips

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Registered: 01-20-2004
12 Back-to-School Cyber-Security Tips
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 1:45pm

Having a personal computer is no longer a luxury for college students—it's become a necessity. Most students choose laptops, so they can take notes in class or study outside under the trees. And most of those laptops aren't protected nearly as well as they should be.

In addition, the student life poses some unique challenges. I feel fairly sure no stranger is going to wander into my home office, but a student is immediately saddled with one or more wildcards in the form of roommates. Those roommates, their friends, and just about anybody else, may wander in and out of your dorm room; it's far from ideal for security.

If your school PC is lost or stolen, you won't just lose your lecture notes from Parapsychology 101. You've almost certainly stored personal information as well, data that a thief could use against you. Here are a dozen tips to help you stay secure at school.

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Anything you can think of to add? One of the big ones — and convenience killers — is passwords. Do you password protect your computer?

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Registered: 06-07-2004
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 9:59am

I don't password protect my computers at home, but at work our laptops have a hard drive password you need to use before WIndows even loads, and then you need to log in to the domain with your normal userid and password. So a student could set a hard drive password (you set it in the BIOS screens) on their laptops as well as a password for their Windows account.

I also never have my browser store any of my passwords, i type them in every time. I don't have a POP3 type email account, i use Gmail and again don't store my gmail password in my browser.

So anyone who stole it would get no personal info other than some pictures.

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Registered: 02-08-2011
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 4:15pm

Yep. I always password protect my computer.  Mainly it is to keep my kids off. LOL!  I thought #1 on the list was interesting. I've never heard of it before but I guess it would come in handy if you lived on campus and others had direct contact to your computer. 


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