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Training and Awareness

You Don't Have to Wrap It Up to Give It Away!

Tips for Protecting Yourself

  • Always use passphrases on your computer.
    • Longer passwords with letters and numbers (and special characters if supported) can help to keep your data safe.
  • Lock your computer when you step away.
    • On Windows, press [Windows + L].
    • On Mac, press [Control + Shift + Eject] or [Control + Shift + Power].
  • Never share your passwords with anyone.
    • No VCU official or employee will ever ask you for your password.
  • Use updated anti-virus and anti-spyware tools, plus a firewall.
    • VCU provides anti-virus software for use on- and off-campus.
    • All widely-available consumer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) provide built-in firewalls.  Just make sure that they're turned on!
  • Back your data up.
    • Use a trusted, reputable online storage company, or officially-provided VCU network storage space.
    • Consider encrypting your data.
  • Handle information with care.
    • Be careful when handling, transmitting or storing sensitive or regulated information.
  • Be aware of theft.
    • Lock your doors and keep your personal belongings with you

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