What are some tips for protecting the data that I work with?

What are some tips for protecting the data that I work with?

Consider the following best practices when using UT Dallas data and computer systems:

  • NEVER leave your computer without locking it, even for a few minutes.
  • Use a password-protected screensaver.
  • Be aware of who is around your work area and what they might see.
  • Don’t post sensitive data on your office walls.  This can include names, birth dates, home phone numbers, and other seemly harmless data.  In the wrong hands it easily identifies a person and can be used incorrectly.  
  • Don't keep sensitive data on your computer, but store this information on departmental share drives (which are backed up regularly) or on encrypted drives.  
  • Don't save passwords when prompted to. It may be tempting to do so, but if someone breaks into your machine physically or virtually, they will be able to access anything you need a password for without even knowing your password.

NOTE: the most frequent reason for resetting a password is that it was saved, and its owner forgot it.

For more information, contact the Information Security office at infosecurity@utdallas.edu or 972.883.6810.

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  • Date Created: 09/24/2014
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