Stay secure online
Follow these guidelines to protect your data and Duke systems:
- Choose a long, complex password and protect it with LastPass.
Consider using a password that has 11 or more characters. Your NetID password must contain a combination of upper- and lowercase letters as well as a minimum of one digit or special character. Use different passwords for various accounts, and don’t share your password with others.
LastPass, a password escrow tool, is available free and allows you to generate long, complex passwords for each individual account and securely stores them so that you don't have to remember them: https://lastpass.com
- Use multi-factor authentication.
Multi-factor authentication, also referred to as advanced or two-factor authentication, provides an additional layer of security when logging in or performing transactions online. Any Duke user can set up multi-factor authentication for their NetID and select which websites will use it. See https://oit.duke.edu/net-security/security/multi-factor-authentication.php for details. Also consider taking advantage of multi-factor services provided by online vendors such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter, Apple, and many more.
- Install anti-virus software.
Duke makes anti-virus protection software, Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP), available free to all faculty, staff and students at oit.duke.edu/software. Users must uninstall older software and then download and install the new Symantec software.
- Protect mobile devices from theft using Prey. Consider installing Prey anti-theft software on your laptop, phone and tablets. Prey, an open source anti-theft solution available for multiple platforms on various devices, can help alert and locate devices if they are lost or stolen: http://preyproject.com/download
- Use the Duke Virtual Private Network. Use the VPN when accessing services remotely, especially when traveling. Remember that hotel and coffee shop networks are not secure.
- Consider using encryption. Talk to your IT department about encrypting your Duke-owned computer, or visit our whole disk encryption page for suggestions to help encrypt personal machines.