Contact the Help Desk

Safe Computing

We want your computing experience to be as safe as possible. If you read no other content from this section (and it's all good!), you should be sure to read our 10 Steps to Safer Computing.

Backing Up

Computer crashes, accidental deletions, and other frustrating data losses happen without warning (and usually at the worst possible times). To prepare as best as possible for this often-inevitability, CUS highly, highly recommends you regularly backup your data.

For more information on why, how, and when to backup please visit our backup page.

Data Security

Securing your data is an important step to take in securing your computer overall. A good first place to look over for data security is our protecting your computer page. Here you will find useful information, especially the page on choosing safe passwords.

If you are working with confidential or sensitive information, please refer to our page on deleting or encrypting this data.

Physical Computer Security

Computer theft is never fun and, sadly, it has happened on the Reed campus before. While there is no way to guarantee your computer will be safe from theft, there are several steps you can take to significantly decrease the likelihood of your computer being stolen.

Reed has prepared a hardware security guide we highly encourage you to look over.

Travel Safety

Keep your laptop and other mobile devices safe during travel especially when going abroad. If possible, avoid placing your laptop in checked luggage, change passwords before and after your trip, and avoid using cybercafes. For more information, see our safety guidelines for traveling abroad.