Securing Your Computer

Securing Your Computer

This section provides information about all the software and instruction necessary to comply with the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard. The software on this page is intended for use by students, faculty, and staff at RIT. Inexperienced/non-technical users may want to check out our Digital Self Defense 101 Workshop, which explains the dangers of the Internet and RIT security requirements in greater detail.

Note: You do not have to use the specific software listed on this page. However,... ...

Printer Best Practices

Printers often handle RIT Confidential information, but they can easily be overlooked when securing a network. Use the following best practices to secure any printers you support:

  • Update the firmware.
  • Assign a password for web access to the printer.
  • Change the SNMP community strings. (These are the equivalent of printer "passwords." "Public" and "private" are the defaults and are widely known.)
  • Disable any unused protocols. (Do you really need Novell IPX enabled, etc?)
  • If possible, change the default TCP port from 9100 to another port number. (Specific exploits target the default port and may cause the printers to print blank pages. However, some
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Having a strong password is increasingly important. Weak passwords can be "guessed" or "cracked" using free software available online, allowing unauthorized access that can result in identity crimes, extortion, or damage to reputation through the disclosure of sensitive or private information (yours and RIT's). Choosing a strong password and changing it regularly are two of the most important things you can do to protect yourself online.  Follow the password standard and subscribe to our social media outlets for password tips and tricks!

Password Standard

Documented Standard

  • Current Password Standard (supersedes previous version,
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