What You Can Do to Help

All Azusa Pacific University faculty, staff, and students can and should play a part in keeping campus computing systems running smoothly and protected data secure. APU's Top 10 Security Measures will go a long way towards helping you do this. You also accept certain legal responsibilities when you connect to any campus network; these are explained in more detail on the User Responsibility and Law & Policy pages.

Protecting Yourself

For most people, identity theft is the biggest information security worry. The single most important way to secure yourself against identity theft is simple - keep your passwords secret. No one at APU will ever ask for your password, not even the Help Desk, If you receive any requests for your APU password, either by phone or email, remember the old adage - trust, but verify. Ask for the name and telephone number of the person who authorized the request. That way, you control the flow of information.

Learn how to create and maintain strong passwords to protect your confidential information, at APU and beyond.

Learn how to keep your system up-to-date.

Threat Information

Forewarned is forearmed. And false alarms can cause more problems than the real thing. So educate yourself on what is - and, just as importantly, what isn't - a threat to computer security.
There is seemingly endless information about security threats on the web, with little guidance as to what is real and what is just another urban legend. APU licenses antivirus software from Symantec, a company with more than 20 years' experience in the security business, so we do recommend their site as a reliable source of information in this overhyped area.