Work securely with IT at KTH
On this page, you will find tips and recommendations for working in a safe computer environment at KTH, both when you work locally on site, or from another location remotely.
It is important as a user at KTH to protect your computer and your data/information.
In addition to the already omplemented security solutions in the KTH platform computer, we would like to recommend these security tips to work safely. If you are unsure whether a security solution is already implemented on your platform computer or not, please contact KTH IT-Support .
Basic security tips for IT at KTH
How to make your password more secure
- The password should have at least 12 characters that contains at least one capitol letter, one special character liks ("¤)% and finaly the password shall NOT contain word or sentences from dictionarys.
- Never use the same password on different places. For example one shall not have the same password on your private e-mail, as on your KTH account.
- Never use the same password twice.
- Change your password from time to time.
- Never share your password to somebody.
Keeping your computer up to date
Note!! If you work remotely on a KTH platform computer, you need to be connected to the VPN in order for the computer to be updated. More on how to connect to VPN at KTH .
- Keep your system updated by manually update it or use automatic system updates.
- Update your apps and softwares periodically.
- Reboot your computer periodically so that the updates will be installed.
- Always check that the e-mail you have recieved agrees with the person or organisation you think have sended it. For example, you get an e-mail from email@example.com that asks for your password, but the reply e-mailadress is to <firstname.lastname@example.org> instead of email@example.com.
- Despite the fact that we work internally all the time with preventive measures to stop malicious e-mail, it unfortunately happens from time to time that it reaches recipients anyway. Read more on Malicious E-mail about how to deal with these types of e-mails, when you are receiving them.
Links and files
- Be careful on what links you click on or what files you save or open. The criteria is that you should not open any e-mail, click on links or open files that comes from unknown persons or organisations.
- Only connect to well known and safe wireless networks. Eduroam networks are preferable and is available on many locations around the world as for example on universities, airports and railwaystations.
- If you are unsecure that you are using a safe network, use VPN at KTH when you connect to services at KTH.
Protect your devices
- Use password on all your devices and make sure to lock them when you are temporary leaving them out of sight.
- Use automatic password protection that activates after x number of minutes.
- If possible encrypt your harddrive so that if you loose your computer the data will be protected.
- Keep your data safe with backup and/or cloudstorage like KTH OneDrive or simmilar KTH service (non approved byt KTH services should not be used).
Report suspicious activity
- If you susspect that someone knows your password or if some one had undesirable access to your computer or device, you should change your password immediately and contact KTH IT-Support as soon as possible.