It can take hours to months before the antivirus companies know about a new virus or piece of malware. In that time, that malware might make it onto your computer. By running weekly scans, when the antivirus companies are able to send out updates to address a piece of malware, your machine will have a chance to catch any malware that slipped in before the update was available. Real-time protection is important, but weekly scans are just as important. Read more...
Encryption is a very important tool to safeguard protected and confidential data, but it is a powerful tool that needs to be installed and used with caution.
Considerations before encrypting Yale data:
- Get explicit approval from your supervisor before considering any data encryption procedure.
- Yale data should only be encrypted using a University approved method which provides the ability for Yale to recover the data in the event of an emergency.
- Please be sure that you have read and understand the University Endorsed Encryption Implementation Procedure before you implement any encryption option.
Encrypting Your Data
FileVault and Bitlocker are the only University recommended methods for encrypting data stored on University-owned computer systems. FileVault is available only for Macintosh, Bitlocker is available only for Windows Vista and above, while PGP is available in both Macintosh and PC versions. Please visit the ITS desktop encryption service page for more information regarding encryption options available through Yale ITS.