User Guides to Safer Computing
IT Policies apply to all individuals who access or control Columbia University information resources. Send reports of security incidents, attacks, or questions to [email protected].
Protect your data by reporting phish attempts and being aware of common phishing email clues.
Steps to take before you arrive on campus to stay secure.
Use built-in automatic update features to patch holes in your computer's defenses and fend off network worms.
Learn about vulnerabilities that impact nearly all computers, mobile devices and servers.
Use an anti-virus program and keep it up to date to avoid known viruses, worms and trojans.
Use strong passwords both online and on your PC to prevent anyone from guessing them.
Identify, remediate, and secure sensitive information (PII) that could be on your computer.
Take steps to ensure that your computer, and the data inside of it, never falls into the wrong hands.
Even if your computer is lost, you can save your data by making backups.
Guidelines for protecting your data during international travel.
Security tools for Columbia's sysadmins.
Make sure a website is secure before providing any personal information.