Information Technology: Safe Computer Practices

  • Always use a STRONG eight charcter password with capital letters, letters and numbers. Make it hard to guess!
  • Protect your identity and do not share your password with anyone or display it on or near your computer.
  • Use a password protected screen saver and protect electronic personal health information and other confidential data by not allowing your computer screen to be seen by others.
  • Properly dispose of electronic media containing confidential data: the media must be physically destroyed.
  • Logoff when you leave your computer and turn it off when not in use.
  • Protect data retained as notes in Palm Pilots or laptos and use a power-on password.
  • Backup data regularly and keep backup media at a different secure location.
  • Encrypt confidential data on laptops and in databases.

Run Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware

  • Run UT Antivirus with current anti-virus files at all times ( the software is free for UTHSC faculty and staff computers) .
  • Perform regular on-demand scans with your anti-virus and anti-spyware.
  • Run a personal firewall on your computer.

Be Careful with e-Mail

  • Do not send confidential data unless it is encrypted.
  • Delete spam, chain, and other junk mail without opening or forwarding it.


  • Use Automatic updates for updating your anti-virus and operating system.
  • Download antivirus updates from the UTHSC web antivirus page at :
  • Download Microsoft security patches and updates.

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Information Security

877 Madison Ave
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-1260
Fax: 901-448-8199

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