These tools are for your personally-owned computer. If your device is university owned, contact your IT service provider as they likely will have enterprise-grade products for you to use for free.
Information on Antivirus available including downloads and suggestions.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
General safety tips to protect yourself against malware
McAfee SiteAdvisor protects your web browser from spyware! Free download with free updates.
An article to help users understand the basics of encryption.
AxCrypt is a free program for Windows that allows you to encrypt individual files using strong encryption (AES 128). This protects files from being viewed without your permission and protects them from viewing in case your computer is stolen or hacked into.
Since AxCrypt is the standard for the US Government, we feel that it is okay to recommend this product. For recommendations of other encryption products, please view this article.
For free encryption recommendations, try this article. Remember, however, that if encryption is important to your information, “You get what you pay for”.
Password management is extremely important in Information Security because it allows a user to only need to remember a single password. Password management software works like a vault: Once you input the single password, it lists other websites and services with your usernames and passwords inside. This is key because best Infosec practices include never using the same password on multiple services. It can become unmanageable for a user to remember 10+ different passwords.
In 2017, there are a great number of password management services on the internet. Even some of the best password management programs are free. For recommendations of free password management programs, check out this PC Mag UK article.
Safe Data Disposal
Darins boot and nuke
Darin’s Boot and Nuke (“DBAN”) is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.
DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware. DBAN prevents or thoroughly hinders all known techniques of hard disk forensic analysis.
Data Inventory Worksheet
Confidential Information Inventory Checklist (pdf)
There are numerous laws that mandate safeguards for private personal information. An important addition to this is Wisconsin State Statue 134.98 which requires notification of victims in case of a breach of security.
Are you aware of the types of data you or your department are storing? A good first step is to assess whether or not you are storing confidential data. We have developed a checklist for this purpose. If you find that you are storing these types of data, please contact us for assistance in reviewing your security.