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Six quick and easy steps to take in order to make your computing experiences away from home as safe as possible!

1. Download Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN client allows you to access TAMHSC resources from your personal or work laptop. Even if you don’t need access to TAMHSC resources, a VPN ensures all of your activity is encrypted and private. It’s always a good idea to connect to the TAMHSC VPN, especially when on public Wi-Fi networks.

Mac – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/mac-anyconnect-vpn/

Windows – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/windows-anyconnect-vpn/

Duo for TAMHSC VPN – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/duo-for-hsc-vpn/

 

2. Double Check to Ensure Your Drive Is Properly Encrypted

Drive encryption is critical for protecting the data on your laptop. OIT offers assistance for encrypting both TAMHSC owned and personal laptops. OIT utilizes various software packages such as; AirWatch, VeraCrypt, BitLocker, and FileVault to ensure the security of your data.

Hard Drive Encryption – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/service/hard-drive-encryption/

 

3. Double Check Your Laptop’s Firewall

Firewalls are designed to block unauthorized access to the files on your laptop. Macs and PCs have basic desktop firewalls as part of their operating systems, and enabling them takes less than 10 seconds!

Windows – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028544/windows-turn-windows-firewall-on-or-off

Mac – https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201642

 

4. Download Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software is used to protect your laptop from viruses, malware, and other malicious software. It is critical to download anti-virus software because malware can decline your computer’s performance and slow down your internet connection. If you have an HSC issued portable device you’re already covered! For personal devices, OIT recommends Sophos for Macs, and PCs already have built-in anti-virus protection with Windows Defender.

Sophos download – https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools.aspx

More about Windows Defender Antivirus – https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4013263/windows-10-protect-my-device-with-windows-defender-antivirus

 

5. Back Up Your Device – Available to Only Faculty and Staff

Don’t forget to back up your laptop before leaving! For HSC issued portable devices (laptop, mobile device, etc.) TAMHSC has access to CrashPlan, the most comprehensive online backup solution, which will protect you from hardware failure, theft, natural disasters, and ransomware.

Intro to TAMHSC backup – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/intro-to-tamhsc-backup/

 

6. Check Out A Loaner Laptop – Available to Only Faculty and Staff

When traveling out of the country, there are some possible risks when taking your personal or work laptop. Many countries have strict security regulations regarding encryption that could lead to your laptop being confiscated, inspected, or imaged upon arrival. The potential of having your work laptop confiscated by a foreign entity is a huge security risk for the HSC. It could also violate other regulations such as HIPAA and FERPA. For these reasons, The Office of Information Technology must advise that you not travel with your work laptop or any state-owned equipment. Instead, The Office of Information Technology will be able to provide you with a loaner laptop to use during your trip, and will also demonstrate how to securely connect back to the HSC network so you can continue to work uninterrupted from anywhere in the world!

Loaner laptops – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/service/loaner-laptops/

International Travel – https://helpdesk.tamhsc.edu/international-travel/