This section includes links to information about additional steps that faculty can take to protect private data.
Cybersecurity while traveling
Email & Phishing Scams
File Sharing & Copyright
Keeping Data Safe (Sensitive data; disk encryption; home wireless network; voicemail security)
Viruses, malware, ransomware
Using Social Media (Facebook, Google; adjusting settings; social networks, etc.)
Web Privacy Tools
Search engines that do not track your searches
Additional security can be provided by using a browser on a flash drive
Use a password manager with a strong password to generate and store passwords for sites and devices. Apple’s Keychain is a password manager built into Apple’s operating systems, but it won’t work with Windows or Android. Microsoft has a credential manager but it is not popular. However, there are many third-party password managers, including:
Lastpass (free version + subscription option)
1password (trial version + subscription option)
Bitwarden (free version + subscription option)
Dashlane (free version + subscription option)
Keeper (free version + subscription option)
These links are provided as a convenience. No endorsement of any particular product is intended.
1.5. Drive Security
1.5.1. Encrypting your hard drive
The advantage of encrypting your hard drive is that no one who does not have the password will be able to access any files on the hard drive. The disadvantage is that if you forget the password, you will not be able to recover any of the files. Encrypting your hard drive is like locking files in a safe. No one without the combination can get to them. But if you forget the combination, you can’t get to them either.
1.5.2. Securely wipe drives
1.5.3. Using an external drive
Using an external drive for sensitive data means that you can physically disconnect it from the computer when it is not being used. Even someone with administrative access to the computer will not then be able to search the drive.
1.6. Decoupling Work and Personal Devices
Windows and Mac OS seek to link all of your devices to cloud services. If you do not want personal information and data to be present on your work devices, then you should not enable cloud sharing on them. Use your IU Google account at work. Use your IU provided MS OneDrive account. Do not enable iCloud sharing on your work devices. Consult with your IT professional for advice on how to decouple work and personal machines.