University of California, Riverside


10 Tips To Secure Your Workstation

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  1. Be sure desktops, laptops and servers conform to the Minimum Standardsfor security of devices connected to UCR’s campus network.
    • Stay up-to-date with Windows (and other operating system) software patches and updates
    • Install Anti-virus Software keeping updates current
    • Install Anti-Spyware Software keeping updates current
    • Enable firewall software
    • Use strong passwords
    • Ensure physical security
    • Remove unnecessary Windows (and other operating system) services
    • Use secure system configurations settings (including browser settings)
  2. Never provide your password or other personal information via e-mail; no legitimate organization would ever request your password via e-mail.
  3. Though it is recommended that sensitive data not be stored on personal computers or personal storage devices, it will, in some cases, be necessary to work with SSNs and other sensitive information and retain that information on a desktop computer or personal storage devices. In all such cases this sensitive information must be encrypted when on a personal computer or personal storage device such as a USB drive or an external hard drive. Software encryption products such as the open source TruCrypt or the commercial product Check Point PointSec must be used to encrypt sensitive or protected (e.g. SSNs) data. For questions concerning these encryption products and their use, please contact the Helpdesk (e-mail
  4. Make periodic backup copies of data from your hard drive, especially if this data is essential to business functions.
  5. Secure backup devices (flash drives, remote hard disks, CDs, etc.) when leaving the work area.
  6. Never click on a link within an e-mail or visit a web site unless you know the web site is reputable and virus and malware free.
  7. Never open e-mail attachments from unknown people / senders.
  8. Logoff when leave your computer unattended; use very strong screen saver passwords.
  9. Never propagate (re-send) “chain mail” that may contain links to sites with viruses or malware.
  10. Thoroughly evaluate shareware or free software; it may contain a virus.


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-4741
Fax: (951) 827-4541