IT Security & Privacy for Remote Work & Study

Links to instructions and additional resources are at the bottom of this page.

Secure Your Computer, Smartphone, and More

  • Set a PIN, passcode, or biometric for access to your devices.
  • Keep your software up-to-date.

Secure Your Connections

  • Use a VPN to secure your connection from off-campus. Note that MiWorkspace Windows computers are equipped with an "always on" VPN-like client called DirectAccess; no need to use the U-M VPN.
  • Set a unique password for your home WiFi network.
  • On the web, look for HTTPS at the beginning of the URL. It means the connection is encrypted.

Secure Your Videoconferencing

  • Choose settings that respect privacy and prevent unwanted guests when you set up videoconferencing, meetings, or events. (See Privacy and Videoconferencing..)

Beware of Phishing, Scams, and Fraud

  • Check the URL before you click links in emails:
    • On a computer, hover over the link with your mouse.
    • On a smartphone or tablet, press the link and hold down.
  • Do not open unsolicited or unexpected shared documents and email attachments.
  • Watch for coronavirus scams.

    Protect Sensitive Data

    International & Travel Considerations

    Protect Your Privacy

    • Cover your computer’s webcam when not needed.
    • Lock your screen or close your laptop when you are away from it.

    Additional Resources

    Secure Your Computer, Smartphone, and More

    Secure Your Connections

    Secure Your Videoconferencing

    Beware of Phishing, Scams, and Fraud

    Protect Sensitive Data

    International & Travel Considerations

    Protect Your Privacy