Good Practices

One of the best ways to protect your information is to make sure that your computer is not vulnerable to attack from the outside.  Here are some steps you can take for setting up and maintaining a secure system:

Passwords and Passphrases

An easy step to keeping your information secure is keeping complex but easy-to-remember passwords. Get tips at Passwords and Passphrases.

The password manager Dashlane is available at no charge to faculty, staff and students while at Stanford.

Cardinal Key is a new service to reduce or eliminate the need to type in your SUNet ID and password repeatedly for web-based logins.


International Travel and Security

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you should bring your good security habits with you. Here are some tips to maintain information security while traveling internationally.


If you have any questions about connecting securely, please don’t hesitate to contact TDS at or 650-725-8000 (M-F, 7a-6p).

Pick Up These Good Security Habits

Emailing and Sending Information


Common-sense Every Day Security Habits

  • Use a supported operating system
  • Keep your patches up to date
  • Use anti-malware applications


Secure Public-Access Computers
  • Use a product like Deep Freeze to secure kiosk, classroom, or library computers to ensure that the computer is restored to original state regularly, and any user data that may have been left on it will be removed.
Data Destruction and Disposal