Faculty and administrators:
With the start of a new academic year, we would like to remind those of you with laptop computers to take precautions to minimize the risk of loss or theft of the computer or the information it stores.
To safeguard your laptop computer, please follow these guidelines:
Physical Security - Keep the carrying case in hand whenever possible and never let the computer out of your sight when transporting it. When going through a security checkpoint be sure to keep the computer in close proximity to you.
Information Security - Store all college-related files on one of our servers where they are backed up at least once each weekday. If you need to store a college file on your laptop or a USB drive temporarily, be sure to move the file back to the server and delete it from the laptop at the next opportunity.
Confidential Files - College files that contain confidential, sensitive or private information should NEVER be stored on your computer or USB drive unless they are encrypted. Since early 2009, all Windows computers, including desktops, for employees, were delivered with an encrypted hard drive to protect data in the event of a loss or theft. If your computer's hard drive is not already encrypted, you can encrypt individual files using a password in Word and Excel. For more information go to http://www.lvc.edu/it-services/documents/confidential-files.aspx.
If you are unsure if your laptop has an encrypted hard drive, or if you have any questions or otherwise need assistance feel free to call the Help Desk at x6072 or 867-6072.
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