10 Quick Tips to Be Secure

  • Never give your password to anyone and if you must, write it down and put it in a secure place.
  • Never use e-mail to send confidential or sensitive information such as a password, social security number or credit card number. E-mail is just like sending it on a postcard!
  • Always log off of applications after you've finished using them.
  • Secure your computer whenever you are away from it, such as by using Ctrl-Alt-Del to lock your computer.
  • Use up-to-date antivirus software and don't disable it. McAfee antivirus software is available for download by Longwood University students, faculty and staff in the Software Library.
  • Ensure that your operating system and other software is up-to-date with patches and security updates.
  • Be cautious of unexpected e-mail, instant messages or other electronic communication. Stop and think before you click a link, open an attachment or send a response.
  • Remember that all official virus alerts will originate from the Information Security Office or User Support Services.
  • Remember you are responsible for all actions originating from your computer and/or your user account. You should familiarize yourself with Longwood University's Acceptable Use of IT Resources and Systems policy.
  • Report all IT security incidents by sending an e-mail to or by calling User Support Services (x4357). Visit our Report an Incident page to learn more.