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Secure Your Device

Secure Your Device

  • Create a PIN or passcode for your smartphone.
  • Protect your laptop or off-campus workstation with a password only you know.
  • Never share your passwords with anyone else.

Secure Your Information with Encryption

You can use your device‘s native encryption source. TRUSTED encryption applications are recommended.

ALWAYS encrypt sensitive and confidential data.

Keep Up-to-Date

  • Download operating system security patches and updates.  
  • Use the latest version of software.
  • Stay with reputable websites and mobile applications (apps). Only download trusted applications from official app store.

Lock Your Screen

When you leave your desk, use a password protected screensaver so your computer cannot be accessed by others.  Not sure how to enable a password protected screensaver?  Contact the HelpDesk

Symptoms of a Problem

  • Device is running slow
  • Pop-ups
  • Unfamiliar or peculiar error messages
  • Desktop background or browser home page changes unexpectedly
  • Missing files

Have a Plan

if your device is lost/stolen: Find my iPhone, Locate My Device, AirDroid and other native location pinpointing applications can help you find your device if it is lost. Please contact your provider and ask them to recommend you a TRUSTED locater application.

Stolen/Lost Devices

If your UTHSC-owned device has been lost or stolen, please contact UTHSC Campus Police at utpolice@uthsc.edu or (901) 448-4444. If that device had classified patient or student information, contact UTHSC Information Security at itsecurity@uthsc.edu or at (901) 448-1880.

Free Wi-Fi

  • Use free wi-fi in public places with caution - confidential information like passwords can be stolen easier through free wi-fi.

Last Published: Sep 25, 2018