Keep a Clean Machine:
This week we’re giving you tips on keeping your personally owned computer safe, secure, and speedy!
Prevention is the best defense, and regularly backing up your data in case of an attack is always a safe idea. With the price of external hard drives falling below $100/TB, purchasing a backup drive is a very smart investment to help ease the effects of data loss. Contact the Student Computer Repair Center (http://www.ithaca.edu/its/help/scrc/) if assistance is necessary for this service.
In the event that passwords cannot be memorized, there are a few ways to minimize the security risk inherent in storing passwords in clear text. While some people recommend not to, one option is to keep passwords physically written down in a secure or locked location with no reference to their use. Security guru, Bruce Schneier, says to write it down and keep with other paper you value – in your wallet! But writing “Gmail password is aardvark” in sharpie and framing it above your desk is not a good idea. Another moderately secure way is to store hints about the passwords in deeply-hidden digital text files, preferably in an encrypted archive (.zip or .rar) file. Keep reading our cyber-security tips of the day for more info on choosing great passwords!
-Keep all sensitive documents on your personal computer backed up and encrypted using a program such as AxCrypt or TrueCrypt.
-Keep passwords in a password management program such as Password Safe, KeePass, or 1Password.
Visit http://www.ithaca.edu/its/general/security/computer/ for more information!
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