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 (
  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 LastPass to manage passwords.
    Don’t reuse or share your passwords. To protect your accounts, sign up for the premium version of LastPass (available free for Duke students) to manage your passwords:
  5. Remember to Install anti-virus software.
    Duke's IT Security Office recommends several free anti-virus solutions for personal use on their website. Find these recommendations at:
  6. Easily and safely store and collaborate on files in Duke Box.
    The Box service is free for all Duke students, faculty and staff. Visit for more information on how to access your Box account.

Get the this information as a one-page document at: 

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