Your computer may contain personal and private information - notes, photos, contacts, documents, saved passwords, and more. You may work with sensitive university data on your computer.
If you use a university or departmentally managed computer, such as a MiWorkspace computer, then your security settings are likely managed for you.
But if you use a personally owned computer, or self-manage your university-owned computer, then you are responsible for properly securing it.
General Best Practices
- Back up your data. Hard drives wear out. Devices can be lost or stolen. The university offers several file storage options you can use. Check the Sensitive Data Guide to see which services are appropriate for certain types of sensitive institutional data.
- Choose web browser security settings that protect your privacy and enhance security.
- Put a sticker on your computer with your name and contact information so somebody who finds your lost computer can reach you.
- Register your devices. The U-M Police Department offers a free laptop and personal electronics registration program to members of the U-M community.
- Traveling with technology. Protect your privacy and the university's sensitive data when you're away from home.
Instructions for Your Operating System
Related U-M Policies and Standards
- Responsible Use of Information Resources (SPG 601.07)
- Security of Personally Owned Devices that Access or Maintain Sensitive Institutional Data (SPG 601.33)
- Unit-Specific Requirements for Self-Management of Personally Owned Devices that Access Sensitive Institutional Data (DS-07)
- Tech Tools: Cell Phones and Portable Electronic Resources (SPG 514.04)