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Think software updates aren't worth the time? Or that all phishing scams are easy to spot? Think again. Security compromises happen every day and can happen to anyone—including you.

Keep your digital security and personal information secure; learn how to protect yourself when it comes to mobile devices, secure passwords, phishing scams, and more with help from Northwestern IT and a host of security resources that are right at your fingertips.

Before You Upload

  • Be aware of default settings on mobile devices that automatically back up photos, files, and other potentially sensitive information to the Cloud.
  • Don’t reuse your account passwords, and take advantage of Multi-factor Authentication where possible. It’s bad enough when someone gets into your Gmail, but it’s even worse when you’re also storing all of your sensitive documents in Google Drive.
  • Pay special attention to sharing settings: are you sharing with one specific person or with anyone who has a link? Is your content discoverable by accident?
  • Check for “https” in the URL to ensure that your uploads are encrypted. Take advantage of the secure file sharing services provided by Northwestern.

Before You Log In

Multi-factor Authentication adds an extra layer of login protection for Northwestern systems to:

  • Further protect sensitive data, even in the event that your NetID password has been compromised.
  • Help mitigate phishing attacks by preventing access to sensitive information.
  • Conveniently function on- and off-campus via a variety of phone types.

This technology, powered by Duo, integrates your phone into the login process, resulting in two types of authentication to verify your identity:

  • Something you know – your Northwestern NetID/NetID password
  • Something you have – your phone (mobile, office, or home)

Learn more about Multi-factor Authentication

Before You Go!

Stay secure when traveling off campus for business or pleasure. Remember to use Northwestern VPN on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet to create an encrypted connection to University resources. You can also connect securely by using the eduroam network at participating institutions. 

Unencrypted connections may put your communications at risk. Tips for Staying Secure During Travel

Before You Connect

You use your devices to store and process sensitive information every day, which makes protecting your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and other devices an important part of securing both your identity and your data. Tips for Securing your Devices

Before You Surf

Virtual Private Network (VPN) establishes a "secure tunnel" for your computer on the Northwestern network. It provides strong encryption, enables authenticated access to the Northwestern network from external and untrusted environments, and proxies your network traffic so it appears to originate from within the Northwestern network. Stay secure with VPN

Before You Share

Northwestern University has partnered with Box to deliver file sharing services to faculty, staff, and students. Northwestern Box provides individual, flexible online space for unlimited file storing or sharing. All Box content can be accessed online from computers or mobile devices. Learn more about Northwestern Box. There are also helpful best practices and tips to get the most out of your Box experience.

Security Flyers

Want one of these flyers for your residence hall, office, or lab? Simply download, print, and post! Watch for more options as the campaign progresses.

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Last Updated: 11 October 2018

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