1. The MIT fall semester is about to end! If you're planning to travel during the holidays and over IAP and are bringing along a computer, laptop, or smartphone, here are some easy things to do before you go to make your computing experiences away from home as smooth and safe as possible. All of these products and services are made available to MIT community members for free by Information Systems and Technology (IS&T).
  2. 1. Get your device tagged

  3. If your laptop and/or tablet doesn't have a STOP Theft tag on it, then go to the Atlas Service Center today and get one before you leave!
  4. These tags are highly visible deterrents to thieves. But don't just take our word for it; listen to the following true story about a time STOP tags prevented some MIT laptops from being stolen.
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  6. BTW, STOP tags can also be applied to other devices, like for example, that oscilloscope you'll no doubt be traveling with.
  7. You can get your device tagged for FREE at the IS&T Service Desk in the Atlas Service Center, E17-106, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  8. 2. Pick up a YubiKey

  9. You should have more than one device registered for use with Duo two-factor authentication. YubiKeys are a great option in case your primary device goes AWOL. They also work without Wi-Fi or cell service, so they're particularly good for use overseas to make sure you can always connect to MIT websites and services.
  10. YubiKeys are great two-factor authentication devices
  11. We now also have USB-C YubiKeys!
  12. Click here to request a YubiKey or stop by the IS&T Service Desk in the Atlas Service Center to get one for no charge.
  13. 3. Use the MIT VPN

  14. MIT's Virtual Private Network will give you access to all of the resources on MITnet while you are traveling.
  15. Even if you don't need access to MIT resources, it's still a good idea to always connect to the MIT VPN when on a public Wi-Fi networks, as it will ensure all of your activity is encrypted and private. When using free Wi-Fi, you just can't be too careful.
  16. Reminder for those at #MIT: When on public #WiFi, connect to the Institute's #VPN to ensure your connection is private and secure! . . . 
More info at ist.mit.edu/vpn
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    Reminder for those at #MIT: When on public #WiFi, connect to the Institute's #VPN to ensure your connection is private and secure! . . . More info at ist.mit.edu/vpn . . . #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #cartoon #comic #comics #humor #drawing #illustration #security #cybersecurity #publicwifi #kids #hacker #lemonade #geek #geeklife #geekhumor #nerd #nerdlife #nerdhumor #virtualprivatenetwork #network #networking
  17. Click here to download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client for your laptop. There are also mobile versions of the Cisco client for use with your phone or tablet (check your app store).
  18. Once you've got the Cisco VPN client installed, here's how to connect to the MIT VPN using Duo two-factor authentication.
  19. All of this, of course, is available to you as an MIT community member for the grand total of... nothing!
  20. 4. Encrypt your data

  21. Whole disk encryption will protect all the data on your disk drive, making it a lot harder for evil-doers to get at it, even if they manage to get their hands on your machine while you are, say, sunning yourself on some remote beach. Enable it now, for you and your loved ones.
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