Cyber Security Information
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ITS' "Top 10 List" of Good Computing Practices provides general good computing practices and tips that apply to most people who use a computer.
Also see our printable "Cyber Security at UC Santa Cruz" Brochure, which includes the "Top 10 List" plus other cyber security tips and resources.
- Protect Information when using Internet & Email
- Beware of Scams
- Prevent Identity Theft
- Mobile Devices and Wireless
- Don't Download Unknown or Unsolicited Programs or Files
- Back Up Important Files
- Stay Secure with Google
It's important to understand UCSC's Minimum Network Connectivity Requirements (link to full policy) because devices that don't meet these requirements must not be connected to the campus network.
- Install Operating System and Software Updates
- Use Malicious Software Protection (e.g. Anti-Virus)
- Turn On Your Computer's Firewall
- Protect Passwords
- Send Passwords and Restricted Data Securely
- Physical Security is Important, Too
- Lock Your Computer Screen
- Turn Off Unnecessary Services
- No Open Email Relays or Unauthorized Proxy Servers
- Security Audit Agents
Following are some security-related tools and resources available to everyone in the UCSC community.
- Google’s 2-factor authentication
- eduroam secure wireless - available at UCSC and at many other universities worldwide!
- Encryption tools - for encrypting stored information
- Checklist for lost/stolen mobile devices plus prevention tips
- Microsoft Password Strength Checker
- Password managers (See Sec. III.5) - for secure password storage
- Free digital certificates - for UCSC service providers who run web servers
- Secure data disposal - for University devices and electronic media containing restricted data
The goal of National Cyber Security Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the many technology-related threats we face each day, and to learn how we can better protect our computers, our information and ourselves.
National Internet Safety Month is an opportunity to increase awareness about the risks we and our families face on the Internet, and to promote information and resources to help us stay safe online.
ITS has developed a number of POSTERS designed to raise awareness about various cyber security issues and to promote safer computing. Subjects include general computer security, "think before you click", passwords, phishing, mobile computing, and Internet privacy.
- Cyber security information for students
- Door hanger: Front / Back
- Copyright Posters
- UCSC password change instructions (flyer-PDF)
ITS Support Center for questions or to report problems with any of the resources on this page: itrequest.ucsc.edu, email@example.com, 459-HELP (4357), or 54 Kerr Hall M-F 8 AM to 5 PM