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Tips for Protecting Personal Devices

Update your operating system and applications

Be sure your computer or mobile devices are up to date with the latest patches. The easiest way to accomplish this is to enable automatic updates on your computer and mobile devices. If applications have an option to automatically update, enable that feature as well.

Install an anti-virus or security suite

WVU faculty, staff and students can install Sophos Antivirus on up to three personally owned devices. Visit to request your license. Make sure your security software is updating regularly.

Password-protect your devices

Don’t give your passwords out to anyone. Don’t reuse passwords or parts of passwords. For tips on creating strong passwords, visit

Don’t trust. Verify.

Be cautious of opening unsolicited attachments or clicking links in an email, instant message or social media site. If you know the sender, call or text them to verify before opening. Ad banners may have pop-up windows to notify you of winnings or offer to remove malware. Don’t click on the pop-up window. Instead, press CTRL+F4 on your keyboard (Windows) or Command+Option+ESC (Mac) to force the web browser to close.

Back it up

Devices get lost. Hard drives fail. Back important files up to an external drive, cloud storage or a well-reviewed backup service. If you are backing up sensitive data (e.g. tax returns), store them in a secure manner.

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