IT Security Resources

User's Guide to Safer Computing

Security Musts! First Steps to Secure Your Computer

Students - Getting Started with Computer Security


Keep your operating system up to date

Use built-in automatic update features to patch holes in your computer's defenses and fend off network worms.

Stay safe on social networks

Do's and Don'ts for enjoying social networks in a secure manner..

Use a built-in firewall if it's available

Use a built-in firewall to protect your computer from unknown exploits.

Use Anti-Malware Application and keep it up to date

Use an Anti-virus program and keep it up to date to avoid known viruses, worms and trojans.

Use strong passwords everywhere

Use strong passwords both online and on your PC to prevent anyone from guessing them.

Protect your password

Keep your identity safe by ensuring that no one else knows your passwords.

Prevent Identity Theft

Protect yourself from Identity Theft and know what to do if your information is compromised.

Protect your personally identifiable information

Identify, remediate, and secure sensitive information (PII) that could be on your computer.

Keep your machine physically secure

Take steps to ensure that your computer, and the data inside of it, never falls into the wrong hands.

Don't use filesharing programs

To avoid trojans and legal liability, stay away from filesharing networks.

Be skeptical and avoid "phishing" scams

Protect confidential data by being skeptical online.

Make backups

Even if your computer is lost, you can save your data by making backups.

Sysadmin's Guide

Resources for System's Administrators.


IT Policies apply to all individuals who access or control Columbia University information resources.



For more information, see the Columbia University Information Security Office page


Reporting Security Problems

Send reports of security incidents, attacks, or questions to security@columbia.edu