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Play your part in working and studying safely

Lock your laptop. Even if you're only gone for 2 minutes.

As an employee, you are expected to treat all business information (research data, students' personal data, and so on) with due care. In order to work securely in a digital environment, follow the ten golden rules listed below.

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1. Make sure you have proper basic security.

At the very minimum, this means: antivirus software, a firewall and the most recent software updates.

2. Never leave your computer, laptop or tablet unattended. 

Lock your screen if you are away for any length of time. On a Windows OS, press the Ctrl-Alt-Delete or Windows key +L(ock) keyboard shortcuts.

3. Create a unique, strong password for your UvA-net ID. 

Change your password at least once a year and never share it with anyone.

4. Watch out for phishing and ransomware (spam).

Learn to recognise suspicious emails before it's too late using these tips.

5. Always use UvA's central storage services to store documents, data and personal details.

Do you still want to store organisational data on your laptop, USB memory stick or in the cloud? In that case, you must encrypt the hard drive on your laptop, personally ensure you make back-ups, use secure USB sticks or save your files in the SURFdrive cloud storage system.

6. Also secure your mobile phone and tablet.

Use an UvA mobile or tablet for work.

7. Whenever using open Wi-Fi networks (in the train, cafés, etc.) always use a secure connection through VPN.

Without a secure connection, others can track your every move! Do you use Wi-Fi inside UvA buildings? Choose one of the secure networks – either 'eduroam' or 'uva'.

8. Report lost UvA laptops, tablets or smartphones to the ICTS Service Desk straight away.

You must also immediately report the loss of USB memory sticks containing confidential data (e.g. personal details).

9. Adhere to the UvA ICT Code of Conduct.

10. Have you experienced an ICT security breach?

Immediately contact the ICTS Service Desk ICTS by email at servicedesk-icts@uva.nl or by phone on 020-525 2200.