Cybersecurity Basics

Having good habits can help you feel good and show up as your best self. You can do the same with your tech life. Good cybersecurity habits can help make sure you get the best experience when using technology. As cyber threats continue to evolve the cybersecurity basics below will help keep your devices and online accounts secure. For additional technology questions or issues visit SpiderTechNet

  • The 5 Basics

    The 5 Basics (for any devices)

    • Use up-to-date software.
    • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA).
    • Use a VPN, if on public or untrusted wifi.
    • Use a reputable antivirus software.
    • Use secure passwords (and a password manager).
  • Computers

    Computers (i.e. desktops, laptops)

    You should be able to know and feel you are secure when using your computer for work, school, or personal. Maintaining a secure computer means knowing where to get the latest software updates, having a trustworthy antivirus software, and being able to store and use secure passwords when accessing online accounts. The following recommendations can help keep your computer secure:

    • Maintain up to date software.
    • Use a high-quality antivirus software.
      • UR requires the following anti-virus installed on personal devices connecting to the UR network.
        • Windows - Microsoft Defender
        • Mac - Sophos Home for Macs
      • More information at antivirus for personal computers
    • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for online accounts.
      • DUO is used for UR devices and accounts.
    • Use secure passwords.
      • UR requires +16 characters with numbers and letters included.
      • A random word generator can help to create a password or passphrase.
    • Use a password manager to securely store multiple passwords.
    • Periodically back up your data
      • Maintain a copy of important documents (i.e. documents, photos) on a physical hard drive or the cloud
      • Keep the backup data in in a secure location.


  • Mobile Devices

    Mobile Devices (i.e. phones, tablets)

    Mobile devices can be suspectible to different cybersecurity risks such as outdated apps, outdated operating systems, and targeted mobile device attacks. The following are some ways to keep your mobile devices secure:

  • AI Security

    AI Security

    ChatGPT and other Generative AI technologies are increasingly becoming integrated in society. It is important to be aware of the security concerns, especially related to data and privacy regulatory standards. This includes but is not limited to:

    • Do not submit UR data that could be confidential or restricted.
      • Confidential information includes, but is not limited to:
        • Social Security numbers
        • Credit and debit card numbers
        • University ID number
      • Restricted information includes, but is not limited to:
    More info on how AI will impact UR can be found at AI at UR

    Of note, you are responsible for any content that you produce or publish that includes AI-generated material.