Student security basics

Follow these guidelines to help protect your data and Duke systems:

  1. Secure your NetID.
    Don’t share your NetID password, even with your parents. Instead, give your parents proxy access to all or parts of your student record.

  2. Enroll in multi-factor authentication.
    Two-step (or multi-factor) authentication can help protect your Duke account ( and other online accounts including Twitter, Facebook, Google and iCloud (

    Consider enrolling eligible personal devices in Duke Unlock to securely log in to Duke systems without your NetID password or second verification step.

  3. Connect to Dukeblue wireless.
    Connect all of your devices to Duke’s secure wireless network Dukeblue. Adjustments may need to be made to your network settings to configure your devices., Register your devices at

  4. Use 1Password to manage passwords.
    Don’t reuse or share your passwords. To protect your accounts, sign up for a 1Password Families account to manage your passwords. Review details about getting set up with 1Password at the 1Password service page.

  5. Remember to Install anti-virus software.
    Several free anti-virus solutions are available for use on personal machines.

  6. Enable device tracking.
    Make sure that that device tracking is enabled for all your personally owned devices, in case they are lost or stolen.

Get this information as a one-page document at: 

If you have questions, contact Duke’s IT Security Office at