Securing your desktop


You are responsible for properly securing and managing your desktop. 

If you use a university-managed computer, your security settings will likely be managed for you. If you self-manage your university-owned computer, you are responsible for properly securing it.

If you access or maintain sensitive institutional data using your personally owned computer or self-managed university-owned computer, the following guidelines provide the minimum standard:

  • Require a password for access to your computer.
  • Always logout or lock your desktop when leaving it unattended.
  • Set your screensaver to activate after 15 or fewer minutes of inactivity, and require your password to unlock it.
  • Install and maintain anti-virus software. ESET Endpoint Antivirus is available to University of Auckland staff for installation on their personal computers. For more information refer to the staff intranet site: NOD32 antivirus for Windows and Macintosh.
  • Turn on automatic updates to keep your Operating System and applications up to date.
  • Patch any applications that do not automatically update.
  • Be alert for phishing attacks.
  • When disposing of or repurposing your computer or media refer to the: Computer equipment transfer and disposal guidelines.
  • Only install trusted applications from reputable software providers.
  • Before downloading and installing any application from the internet, analyse it first with VirusTotal. VirusTotal is a free service run by Google that analyses suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Visit VirusTotal.