Home Computer Protection

Properly safeguarding your personal computer (PC) is one of the most important ways of protecting your information from corruption or loss.

Follow these best practices:

  • Log off your computer when you are away from your PC.  In most cases hitting the “Control-Alt-Delete” keys will keep others out.  You will need your password to sign back in, but doing this several times a day will help you to remember your password.
  • If you have a modem, make sure it does not accept incoming calls (auto-answer should be off).
  • When possible, remove you personal or sensitive information before allowing your workstation equipment to be repaired off-site or replaced by an outside vendor.  If your home computer is being used for work purposes, consult your manager on how best to do this.
  • Install firewall and anti-virus software.  If you have multiple machines, have this software on all of them.


Cyber Security Tips are provided by Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), https://www.msisac.org