Device Security

There are several steps you can take to secure your devices.

Desktop/Laptop Computers

  • UMBC-owned devices should only be used by UMBC Faculty or Staff members.
  • Do not leave your device unattended. This includes short periods of time to run to the bathroom or visit a friend. An unattended laptop or cell phone is a prime target for physical theft.
  • When on campus, use the eduroam wireless network. This high-security network provides access not only at UMBC, but to thousands of other participating colleges and universities worldwide.
  • When you are off-campus or on a public wireless network, use the UMBC VPN. This service is available to students, faculty, and staff; and can be accessed by going to
  • Make sure your applications and operating system are kept up to date. This includes running Windows Update, Apple Software Update, updating virus scanning applications, and other applications as needed.
  • When you walk away from your desktop computer, lock your screen. This can prevent someone from sitting at your keyboard and masquerading as you.
  • Immediately report lost or stolen equipment to local law enforcement (Campus Police at 410-455-5555, or your local police department if off-campus). Also inform your Departmental IT employee, or the Technology Support Center at 410-455-3838.

Cell Phones and Tablets

In addition to all of the above precautions, these tips also apply for highly mobile devices.

  • Keep your device secure by using a code, pin, or fingerprint to lock the device.
  • Where possible, use a device recovery feature. This may include Find My from Apple, or Google Find My Device. This may allow you to remotely locate a lost device, or remotely wipe its contents.

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