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Computer/Data Security

Lost or stolen laptops and/or corrupted data files are a surefire way to ruin your semester and cause undo stress and hardship. York provides many of the tools necessary to keep your information and computer safe, including required network user logins and passwords.

Make sure to follow smart computer practices to avoid breaches in the security of your data, such as:

  • Make sure that you are using your own username and password on any York computers. Do not share your username or password with anyone. Make sure to sign off when finished.
  • Use passwords and encryption programs if necessary.
  • Use smart password practices, avoiding common or easily guessed passwords. Change them regularly.
  • Beware of Email and attachments from unknown people
  • Do not click random links in emails or on web pages that you are not familiar with.
  • Do not download unfamiliar software from the internet
  • Log out of or lock your computer when not in use.
  • Back-up your information on a regular basis and keep all sensitive materials in a secure location.
  • Consider robust external hard drives and/or Cloud based storage options to back up and protect your hard work and research.

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