Personal Device Security Guidelines

Operating Systems

How to ensure software is up to date

To ensure that software is up to date on your mac, download Mac Informer from http://macdownload.informer.com/landing/ and install it on your device.

How to install antivirus software

You may either download Eset from http://www.eset.com/us/offers/harvard/ using your Harvard FAS account or Sophos Home for free from https://www.sophos.com/en-us/lp/sophos-home.aspx.

How to enable firewall

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Click Security & Privacy

  3. Click the Firewall Tab

  4. Unlock the pane by clicking the lock in the bottom left corner

  5. Enter an administrator username and password

  6. Click “Turn On Firewall”

  7. If completed correctly, the window should read, “Firewall: On” and appear as following:

How to enable FileVault device encryption

For instruction on how to enable FileVault on your mac, go to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204837. 

Ensure your password is strong

See http://security.harvard.edu/use-strong-passwords for policies on strong passwords for computer administrator accounts.

How to disable storing passwords in browsers

For instructions on how to disable storing passwords in browsers and delete any previously stored passwords, visit http://security.harvard.edu/how-delete-browser-passwords.

How to password protect screensaver

  1. Open System Preferences

  2. Click Security & Privacy

3. Click the Lock Locked button

4.  Enter an administrator username and password

5. Ensure that “require password” is checked off and is set to “immediately” after sleep or screen saver begins.

 

How to ensure software is up to date

To ensure that software is up to date on your device, download Secunia Personal Software Inspector from http://learn.flexerasoftware.com/SVM-EVAL-Personal-Software-Inspector and install it on your device.

How to enable antivirus software

Windows 7

  1. Open Start Menu.

  2. Search “Defender.”

  3. Click on Windows Defender.

  4. Select Tools.

  5. Click on Options.

  6. Make sure Automatically scan my computer is enabled.

  7. Select Real-time protection.

  8. Make sure Use-real time protection, Scan downloaded files and attachments, and Scan programs that run on my computer are all enabled.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Open Start Menu.

  2. Search “Defender.”

  3. Click on Windows Defender.

  4. Ensure the PC status is Protected. If so, you may stop here. If it says At risk, continue on for instructions on how to turn on antivirus.

  5. Select Settings.

  6. Turn on both Real-time protection and Cloud-based Protection.

How to turn on BitLocker device encryption

How to enable firewall

Windows 7 or 8.1: Visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17228/windows-protect-my-pc-from-viruses and scroll down to the section titled "Turn Windows Firewall on or off."

Windows 10: To ensure firewall is enabled on your machine, follow the instructions at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/c9955ad9-1239-4cb2-988c-982f851617ed/turn-windows-firewall-on-or-off

Ensure your password is strong

See http://security.harvard.edu/use-strong-passwords for policies on strong passwords for computer administrator accounts.

How to disable storing passwords in browsers

For instructions on how to disable storing passwords in browsers and delete any previously stored passwords, visit http://security.harvard.edu/how-delete-browser-passwords.

How to password protect screensaver

Windows 7

  1. Right click on the desktop, and then click Personalize.

  2. Select Screen Saver.

  3. Ensure that On resume, display logon screen is checked off and that Wait:___ minutes is set to 15 or less.

Windows 8/8.1/10

  1. Right click on the Start Menu in the bottom left corner of the screen.

  2. Select Control Panel.

  3. Select Personalization

  4. Select Screen Saver.

  5. Ensure that On resume, display logon screen is checked off and that Wait:___ minutes is set to 15 or less.