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NEVER Give Your Account Information or Passwords to Anyone

The Office of Information Technology will NEVER ask for this type of information, nor would any credible organization or financial institution.  If you receive an email or another form of inquiry about your account or login information, do not comply with the request. When in doubt, contact the IT Help Desk

Keep Your Operating System Updated

Keep your computer up-to-date by installing the latest critical and security patches. 

Turn On Your Operating System's Firewall

A firewall is simply a program or hardware device that filters the information coming through the Internet connection into your private network or computer. It restricts traffic that you don't want (i.e. viruses, spam, etc.) and provides a second layer of protect to network firewalls.

Use Your Anti-virus Regularly

Anti-virus software will help detect and protect your computer against viruses. Be sure you have anti-virus software installed and up-to-date. Also SCAN your computer weekly for viruses. Some anti-virus software includes scanning engines for malware and spyware. 

Faculty & Staff Network and Cloud Storage

NKU provides file storage to faculty, staff and students. This storage is automatically backed up, so its a safe place to keep your important data.

Back Up Your Hard Drive Regularly

Backups can minimize damage if viruses or other threats invade your computer. You can be back up and running quickly if you have properly backed up your files. 

Lock and Disable Your Computer When You Step Away

Just as you lock your car or your home, always lock your computer before you leave your desk or your workstation. 


No matter what applications and services you are using on your computer, it is a best practice to Log Out or Sign Off when you step away or no longer need the application or web site, especially those applications which are associated with student or sensitive data.

Never Use Email or Instant Message to Communicate Sensitive Data

Never provide Social Security numbers, account information, credit card numbers, educational records or other sensitive information in any form through e-mail or electronic messaging. 

Never store sensitive data on unsecure laptops, USBs, CDs, etc., without proper encryption practices.

It is your responsibility to keep sensitive data safe and uncompromised.

For more information concerning Student Information Safety see the official FERPA web site.


Residential students will be required to register computer devices on the NKU network in order to be granted NKU network access.

For Security Assistance

If you need security assistance at any time please contact the IT Help Desk. 

Additional information concerning security, best practices, safety tips and more can also be found there.