Cyber-Safety Basics: Security for Everyone

UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program

The information provided here will help you learn about basic cyber-safety practices, tell you about computer security services available on campus, and allow you to take quick action to protect your computer, yourself and the campus from security attacks. These recommended practices are based on the security standards set forth in the UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program policy.

Install OS/Software Updates

Install OS/Software Updates
Updates -- sometimes called patches -- fix problems with your operating system (OS) and software programs. Set up your computer to do automatic updates, to be sure your computer stays protected.
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Run Anti-Virus Software Run Anti-Virus Software
To avoid computer problems caused by viruses, install and run an anti-virus program. See the Software Licensing website for more information.
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Prevent Identity Theft Prevent Identity Theft
Protect account numbers, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and other personal information. Don't give out this information unless you know exactly who's receiving it. Search for, and remove, any unnecessary personal information from your computer.
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Turn on Personal Firewalls

Turn on Personal Firewalls
Check your computer's security settings for a built-in personal firewall. If you have one, turn it on.
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Avoid Spyware/Adware Avoid Spyware/Adware
These sneaky programs can cause big problems. Use programs like Spybot and Ad-Aware to scan and remove spyware and adware from your computer.
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Protect Passwords

Protect Passphrases
Don't share your passphrases, and always make new ones difficult to guess.
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Back up Important Files Back up Important Files
Reduce your risk of losing important files to a virus, computer crash, theft or disaster by creating backup copies.
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