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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 that asks for your password, but the reply e-mailadress is to <> instead of
  • 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.

Wireless networks

  • 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.
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Last changed: Nov 09, 2022