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ITS Safe Computing

Protect Personal Devices & Data

General Device Security

You are responsible for the security of your personally owned devices.* The information here can help you properly secure your devices:

  • Instructions for Securing Your Devices and Data. Includes settings for Android, Apple, and Windows devices, as well as links to information about secure network connections (including the U-M or UMHS VPN).

  • Register Your Devices. U-M Police Department offers a free laptop and personal electronics registration program to members of the U-M community to deter theft and assist in the recovery of stolen property.

  • Traveling with Technology. Information to help you protect your personal information (and sensitive university data) when traveling.

No matter what device you use, learn how to Protect Yourself Online.

Watch a short video (2:27)
to learn why and how to protect your devices.

If You Work with Sensitive University Data

If you are permitted to access or maintain sensitive institutional data using your own devices, you are expected to meet your responsibilities to the university by properly securing your devices and more.

  • University Data and Personally Owned Devices. Information about the university's policy on the use of personally owned devices with sensitive institutional data. Includes links to the policy and related data standard, as well as resources for individuals and departments.

  • Instructions for Securing Your Devices and Data. Miminum expectations for device management and security settings for those who use their devices to access or maintain sensitive institutional data.

  • Traveling with Technology. Information to help you protect sensitive university data (and your personal information) when traveling.


*Personally owned devices are those you own and manage, whether or not you receive a university stipend for them. They include personal computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets, media players, and removable media such as USB flash drives, external disk drives, DVDs, or any optical storage media that can be readily transferred from one electronic device to another. They also include devices for which U-M provides a partial subsidy or stipend.