Start Here! Personal Security Checklist

Defend Your Devices

  • Enable password protection
  • Run system updates provided by your operating system or phone provider
  • Use an up-to-date antivirus
  • Only install apps from trusted sources
  • Lock devices when unattended
  • Set a lock timer on your device
  • Use a firewall
  • Regulate access to the device (ex: store in a locked room)
  • Wipe device before discarding/donating. See our article on the Disposal of Media Containing Protected Data
  • Don’t jailbreak your device

Secure Your Data

Lock Down Your Login

Wi-Fi Related Best Practices

  • Encrypt traffic when using public Wi-Fi (such as at an airport, train or bus station, hotel, library, or café). Consider using the UH VPN or purchasing commercial VPN options
  • Try to only use addresses that begin with “https” and have a lock icon in the web address or status bar, which means the site is verified and encrypted.
  • Always log out of websites before closing your browser
  • Don’t store passwords in the browser. Use a password manager
  • Avoid checking your bank account, and other websites that would expose personal information, on public Wi-Fi
  • Don’t automatically connect to open Wi-Fi networks
  • Turn off Wi-Fi, airdrop, and file sharing on your devices when not in use.