Staying Safe Off-Campus
Connecting from Shared Computers
When you use a shared computer you rely on other users following best practices with regard to security. Whether you are working on a family computer or a hotel business center kiosk you need to recognize the risks. Computers issued by UW-Parkside Campus Technology Services department are given a standard "image". This ensures that security and other software is set up properly. Additionally while on campus the computer should receive necessary updates and undergo security scans automatically. That is not always the case with shared non-UWP computers. If you must use a shared computer to perform work, use a sanctioned "secure tunnel" solution such as VPN (search the UW-Parkside knowledge base for additional information). If you are using your family computer, make sure you are running the most current anti-malware/anti-virus software with the latest updates applied. Consider requesting a laptop computer for your office workstation and using that when you are off-campus.
Traveling with your computer and doing work abroad carries a number of challenges. They include export regulations and risks to your computer and data on it. Contact the CTS help desk for advice or ask to be connected with the campus information security officer that will discuss with you the concerns and potential solutions. Some helpful information is available at this external resource from Harvard School of Public Health.