Securing devices

Try not to limit security because of the device you are using. Taking steps to secure your desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet and/or other mobile device not only keeps your data safe, but also is a proactive step in protecting the campus network, including the data stored and shared over the network.

Install antivirus software

DePauw provides Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate Edition free of charge for all campus-owned computers and for students.

Learn how to download and install Symantec:

Free versions of additional antivirus and malware tools are available at:

  • Malwarebytes – Malware detection and removal tool available as a free download for individual use.
  • SUPERAntiSpyWare – Spyware detection tool available as a free download for individual use.

Reduce virus risk

Viruses, worms, trojan horses and other such malware, short for malicious programs, can damage or disable your computer, damage information on your computer, slow down browsing on the Internet and use your computer to spread itself to your friends, family, co-workers and the rest of the Web.

Tips for reducing virus risk

  • Keep your software up-to-date.
  • Keep your antivirus software up-to-date.
  • Never click on an email link or open an email attachment from a stranger. The link or attachment could be a form of keystroke harvesting or logging that initiates a program that logs (i.e., records) each key you strike on your keyboard.
  • Avoid using file or music sharing programs.
  • Be cautious when using the Internet. Many pop-up windows are actually malware known as “drive-by downloads” that install an unknown or counterfeit executable program, Active X or Java applet. If you are unsure about whether to download, do not download and contact the HelpDesk for advice on what to do.

If you suspect that your computer has a virus, contact the HelpDesk at or (765) 658-4294.

Minimize unauthorized access

Whether you walk away from your office or room for a few minutes, you misplace your device or someone has stolen it, here are some tips to help you out.

  • Use a strong password or passphrase to make it difficult for someone else to use your device. A passphrase is a string of words or other text used to log in to a device that is generally longer than a password making it more secure.
  • Do not share your password with anyone.
  • Do not write your password on a sticky note that you place under your keyboard, in your desk drawer or anywhere else someone else can find it.
  • Enable 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication, to add an extra layer of security to your Google email account or Box account by signing in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone, security key, downloaded codes, etc.).
  • Never leave your laptop, smartphone, etc. unattended, even for a few short minutes.
  • Set your screen to lock automatically after it is inactive for a set amount of time.
  • Only save documents with personally identifiable information (PII) in secure locations.
  • Do not automatically save passwords even though it is convenient to you. If your device is stolen, the thief will be very happy with how convenient you made it for them to easily access your accounts with saved passwords.
  • Although we are not at a point where we are supporting password managers, advanced users may be interested in taking a look at SourceForge’s KeePass or AgileBits 1Password. Please feel free to contact with your feedback on password managers as we are always interested in learning more about your experience.

Enable firewalls

When you are browsing the Internet, your computer is constantly being probed for vulnerabilities. Enabling a firewall on your computer will make it more secure.

Additional resources

Updated: 10/31/2017