Safe Computing

Scanning Tools for Computers and Mobile Devices

OIT is evaluating scanning solutions that will detect and report Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and vulnerabilities on institutional devices. 

Note:  Users will ensure that their device adhere to all Princeton University Policies including the following:

Keep University Data Safe

If you have Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data on any of your institutional devices, please remove it promptly.

As outlined in Princeton's Information Security Policy, the University requires that the following pieces of PII (classified as Restricted) may not be collected, stored or used except in situations where there is legitimate business need and no reasonable alternative:

  • Social security number
  • Bank account number
  • Driver's license number
  • State identity card number
  • Credit card number
  • Protected health information (as defined by HIPAA)

Managers must ensure that their employees understand the need to safeguard this information, and that adequate procedures are in place to minimize this risk. Access to such information may only be granted to authorized individuals on a need to know basis.

Secure your Device

  • Install operating systems updates
  • Install application updates
  • Do not use your Princeton password on external web sites
  • Install anti-malware software
  • Do not open attachments unless you know they are safe
  • Be on the look out for phishing email
  • Watch out for online and phone support calls scams
  • Ignore Web pop-ups offering computer support

Additional Information

The Building Blocks of Safe Computing - A pamphlet containing eighteen tips for securing your computers and mobile devices and the information that they hold or to which they have access.