Desktops & Laptops
Keep your operating system (OS) software and 3rd-party applications up-to-date.
Enable your host firewall
Scan your browser for security issues and out-of-date plug-ins.
Secure your network connections - utilize the CUIT VPN for remote access to Columbia University resources.
Set a device PIN or passcode lock.
Use whole-device-encryption where available.
Set up device geolocation:
--This enables you to recover your device if lost or stolen.
Make device back-ups frequently.
Don't "root" or "jailbreak" your phone - doing so can compromise its integrity.
Use the FCC Smartphone Security Checker for checklist of best practices for any mobile device.