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Safeguard Your Devices

It's important to safeguard your personal computers, mobile phones, tablets, and other devices.

Computer best practices

1.  Make sure your personal firewall is turned on.

2.  Perform regular operating system updates and software updates. These updates often include security patches.

3.  Install antivirus and antispyware software.

  • Schedule daily antivirus updates and scans of your computer.
  • Learn more about recommended downloads and patches.
  • Antivirus and antispyware software can be purchased at the MSU Computer Store in room 110 of the Computer Center at an educational discount.

4.  Upgrade to the latest version of your browser and take advantage of the security features available.

  • Some browser security features include site pinning, safe browsing, and auto updates. These features can protect against phishing and malware attacks.
  • Learn more about security features in Internet ExplorerFirefoxSafari, and Chrome.

Mobile device best practices

Mobile devices need to be kept up-to-date just like your computer. Take advantage of automatic updates of operating systems, browsers, and apps to make sure you have the latest protections against viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Familiarize yourself with the built-in security features on your mobile devices. Protect all devices that connect to the Internet and be cautious about what you share and do on wireless networks.

Connect with care

Use common sense when you connect to wireless networks.

If you're online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.

  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone.
  • Protect your money: When banking and shopping, look for web addresses with "https://" or "shttp://," which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. The regular "http://" does not offer the same level of security.
  • When in doubt, don't respond: Fraudulent texting, calling, and voicemails are on the rise. Just like with email, requests for personal information or for immediate action are almost always a scam.

Read more about mobile device best practices from Stay Safe Online.