Security Checklist

Security Checklist

Cyber security is everyone's responsibility. Use these tips to protect your computer and your data.

lock down your login

Strong passwords are essential (and you can follow these tips to create them), but they aren't enough to protect your key accounts. Use strong authentication tools — like biometrics, security keys or a unique, one-time code through an app on your mobile device — whenever offered. At Rowan, we provide two-factor authentication through Duo to help you protect your Rowan Network account.

Also, lock your computer when you walk away. For extra security, set the automatic lock to enable after a short period of time. Log off your computer and applications when planning to be away for a longer period of time, and shut it down when it is not in use for an extended period of time, such as overnight.  


keep a clean machine

Keep software current on internet-connected devices to reduce the risk of infection from ransomware and malware. Delete any applications on your computer that you do not use since these are rarely patched and any existing vulnerabilities are susceptible to being exploited. 

Also, install anti-virus software. For our recommendations for personal computers, visit our Software Downloads page

when in doubt, throw it out

Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often how cybercriminals try to compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it's best to delete or, if appropriate, mark it as junk. If you believe the email is legitimate, verify before you click. Hover your cursor over embedded links to see where they’ll lead you before clicking and do not open any attachments you are not expecting.

Also, do not respond to any email requests for your username, password or personal information. Rowan University will never send you an email message requesting your username and password. 


back up image

Protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. If you have a copy of your data and your device falls victim to ransomware or other cyber threats, you will be able to restore the data from a backup. 

Every member of Rowan University is provided with unlimited storage on Google Drive, a powerful tool for collaboration among classmates and colleagues that can be accessed on any device. Note: Do not use Google Drive to store or share documents or files that contain HIPAA data.


own your online presence

Set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing. It is OK to limit how and with whom you share information. 

Also, secure your browser. For detailed steps on securing the most popular web browsers, visit "Securing Your Web Browser."


share with care

Think before posting about yourself and others online. Consider what a post reveals, who might see it and how it might affect you or others.


value personal information

Information about you, such as purchase history or location, has value — just like money. Be thoughtful about who gets that information and how it is collected by apps, websites and all connected devices. 

Also, do not store sensitive data that is unencrypted on your computer or mobile devices. Mobile devices and storage media are easily stolen and any sensitive data they hold can be used for criminal activities. Make sure sensitive data, such as social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers or research data, is encrypted in transit.