IT Security When Working Remotely

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 the U-M VPN when connecting 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.

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

    Protect Your Privacy

    • Cover your computer’s webcam when not needed.
    • Lock your screen or close your laptop when you are away from it.
    • Choose secure settings for videoconference meetings (see Privacy and Videoconferencing).

    Additional Resources

    Connecting from abroad? Be aware that some U-M resources are not available from outside the U.S. See International Access to U-M Resources for details.

    Secure Your Computer, Smartphone, and More

    Secure Your Connections

    Beware of Phishing, Scams, and Fraud

    Protect Sensitive Data

    Protect Your Privacy