Easy Improvements

Here are some of the ways one could modify a Nebula workstation or its usage to lower risk that require a low level of effort:

  1. Enable a password-protected screensaver that locks your computer after 5-10 minutes of inactivity.  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/turn-your-screen-saver-on-or-off
  2. Don’t open attachments in email you aren’t expecting or click links in email.  See virus infections for additional info.
  3. Periodically perform a full system virus scan.
  4. Create your “secret questions” on the “Manage My NetID” site so that you can change your password in an emergency.  https://uwnetid.washington.edu/manage
  5. Use Chrome or Firefox instead of (or in addition to) Internet Explorer. Don’t accept offers to install toolbars or other add-ons.
  6. Minimize the software you install that isn’t available from UWare or Nebula.
  7. Regularly review the list of applications installed on your system and uninstall anything you don’t use anymore.
  8. Always use a VPN connection, regardless of your location or device, for UW work.
  9. Change your UW NetID password regularly and don’t use it for any other accounts.
  10. Do not use your UW NetID and password on any device which is not well managed.  If you do, change your password as soon as possible.

Last modified: January 31, 2014