How Can I Secure My Devices?

There are several steps you can take to secure your devices.

Desktop/Laptop Computers

  • UMBC-owned devices should only be used by UMBC Faculty or Staff members.

  • Do not leave your device unattended, even for a brief periods such as bathroom breaks or quick visits to a friend. An unattended laptop or cell phone is a prime target for physical theft.

  • When on campus, use the eduroam wireless network. This high-security network not only provides access at UMBC, but also at thousands of other participating colleges and universities worldwide.

  • When off-campus or using a public wireless network, utilize the UMBC VPN for secure access. This service is available to students, faculty, and staff and can be accessed at

  • Ensure that your applications and operating system are up-to-date. This includes running Windows Update, Apple Software Update, updating virus scanning applications, and any other necessary applications..

  • Always lock your screen when you walk away from your desktop computer. This simple action can prevent others from accessing your system and masquerading as you.

  • If your equipment is lost or stolen, immediately report it to local law enforcement—(Campus Police at 410-455-5555, or your local police department if off-campus). Also, notify your Departmental IT employee, or the Technology Support Center at 410-455-3838.

Cell Phones and Tablets

In addition to all of the above precautions, these tips are also applicable to mobile devices:

  • Secure your device by locking it with a code, PIN, or fingerprint.

  • Where possible, utilize a device recovery feature such as Apple’s Find My or Google’s Find My Device. These tools can help you remotely locate a lost device or wipe its contents.