Cornell University

Technology Services

146 Ives Hall, 607-255-5484


ILR Technology Services (ILRTS) works diligently to maintain the security of our systems.  But you are also a big part of maintaining that security! Help us by understanding and following the General Security Guidelines, creating and using complex passwords and being aware of what you can do to help prevent virus infections.

Please note:  the documents contained within this section pertain to ILR owned computers including laptops and those provided as home computers by ILRTS.  For information on managing the security of non-ILR owned home computers, please see Home Computer Management as well as the downloadable Security How-To document. pdf Icon

Computer Security Information From Cornell CIT

Your computer is at risk of viruses, spyware, phishing, and attackers whenever you are connected to the Internet. Unless you practice Internet safety and keep your computer secure, the chance of falling prey to one of these threats is fairly high. Your business practices play a significant role in how well Cornell computers, the data on them, and personal identities of faculty, staff, and students are protected.

The Cornell IT Security Office is launching a campaign to help develop a culture of knowledge and personal responsibility to assist in protecting Cornell assets, operations, sensitive data, and online identities. As part of this effort, a new PDF e-book, "Computer Security at Cornell:

"Secure Your Computer On and Off Campus," is now available for download at the new Computing at Cornell Security web site:

The new e-book is full of quotes, links to trusted sites, analogies, and news articles to help you further understand:

  1. Why secure computing is your responsibility
  2. How to recognize and respond to possible security problems
  3. How to protect your identity
  4. How to protect university data
  5. How to secure the computer you use at Cornell
  6. Internet safety
  7. Steps to take when working off campus