Security Tips

Password Security

Strong passwords are required by link blue. They must be:

  • At least eight characters long.
  • Non-dictionary words
  • Use upper-and lowercase letters.
  • Use numbers and special characters (!@#$%...)
  • Avoid common phrases, famous quotes, song lyrics, family and pet names.
  • Don't use the same password everywhere. (e.g. Facebook and email account).
  • Don't share your password with anyone.
Email Security
  • Don't open attachments from unknown senders.
  • Be careful about opening attachments from known senders.
  • Don't respond to emails that ask you to send your password.
  • Don't click on the links in an email.
Malware, Spyware, and Viruses
  • Get McAfee Antivirus software installed on your computer and keep it updated.
  • Install software to detect malicious software:
    • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Spybot Search and Destroy
    • Ad-Aware
File Encryption

Optionally, you can use software to protect your laptop, should it be stolen. Both Windows and Mac platforms have software available that will encrypt your data.

  • Windows
    • Windows EFS
    • Built-in BitLocker
  • Mac
    • FileVault
    • TrueCrypt
Physical Security
  • Don't leave laptops, cell phones, or any other electronic devices unattended.
  • Use a laptop security cable, even for quick trips to the restroom. Check out our UK-contracted vendors on eBuy (http://www.uky.edu/Purchasing/ebuy/) for a discount.

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