Cybersecurity & Safe Computing

What You Need to Know

Safe computing practices are a combination of computer software and security settings. Be safe online and follow these tips to help you protect your computer and your information.

What You Need to Do

Staying Safe Online

Protect Your Personal Information

Mobile Security Tips

Additional Resources


Free Sophos Anti-Virus Software

A cross-platform security solution featuring antivirus, client firewall, Network Access Control and data encryption visible in one simplified, cloud-based console.

Learn more about Sophos: What You Need to Know about Sophos Antivirus Software & Sophos Home Premium Antivirus Software

Duo Two-Factor (MFA) Authentication

A security application that requires two methods (known as factors) to verify your identity before accessing your system. These factors may include a username and password in combination with a smartphone app to approve authentication requests.

Once MFA is activated on your device, it authenticates anywhere and anytime, making it much more difficult for unauthorized users to exploit weak or stolen credentials and gain access to your system or data.

Access Duo MFA, plus instructions and more on What You Need to Know about MFA.

Sophos Central Device Encryption

An automatic full disk encryption security application that transparently protects your data against malware, theft and accidental data loss. Continuously validates your identity, application, and device using Windows BitLocker and Mac FileVault without disruption to your workflow.

Your data stays encrypted even if it’s shared or uploaded to a cloud-based, file-sharing system.

Properly Dispose of Level 1 & Level 2 Data

Secure Media Disposal

SJSU IT has a free HIPAA, PCI-DSS and NSA-certified device shredding service for all electronic media, including: hard drives, SSDs, thumb drives and cell phones. Any devices, components or electronic media containing confidential Level 1 or Level 2 data must be destroyed by an approved data destruction process.

What Happens if You Don’t Act

Security is everyone’s business in the SJSU community. It has to be in order to keep us all safe from cyber attacks.

Student/faculty/staff safety, personal information, trade secrets, our networks, etc. are all vulnerable in today’s digital world, so we must all work together to keep SJSU and our community as safe as possible.

The steps above are easy to take. We promise you that the old adage is true: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you havent been hacked yourself, ask a friend who has. The time, cost, and trouble to recover can translate to hundreds, thousands and even millions of dollars.

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