These small actions make a big difference, no matter where you do your work. 

Apply Updates 

  • Set your software to update automatically and reboot weeklyCommonly used malware won't work on an up-to-date computer. 
  • Update the security settings on your personal devices.

Use Strong Passwords 

  • Create unique passwords for:
    • Home Wi-Fi: This password keeps people off your network, so don’t get stuck using the default.
    • Computer: This password keeps your work private while you're away from the keyboard.
    • Online services like email and social media.

Too many passwords to remember? Let a password manager do the work for you.

Know Your Data

Connect to Harvard's VPN while working. Like clicking your seatbelt before driving, connecting to VPN gives you peace of mind that:

  • No one can view or edit what you send to Harvard's Network.
  • World class security tools can detect suspicious activity.
  • Websites known to be used for cyber attacks are blocked. 

Click Wisely

Watch out for scamsPhishing messages are designed to make you feel anxious, unsure, and reactive. Trust your gut. When something feels off, skip the link and go to the source.

  • Sensational Headline? Do a web search for the headline or go to a trusted news source directly.
  • Urgent IT Alert? Check your support website or contact support to confirm changes.
  • Odd request from someone you know? Call or text to verify the message is legit.

Forward phishing emails to phishing@harvard.eduQuick reporting from savvy people at Harvard has saved others in the past!

Remote Work Tools 

Zoom Meetings

Connect with your coworkers in real time.


Outlook, Office, OneDrive, and more are available online or download the apps.

Google Suite

Google Docs, Drive, and more.


Answer your Harvard phone anywhere. 

Harvard's Virtual Private Network

Get Harvard security and network resources no matter where you connect.