Protect Your Mobile Devices From Theft

Four School of Medicine laptops have been stolen over the past two months. Don’t let your data fall into the wrong hands!

Tips for keeping all your mobile devices secure:

  • Protect your data with whole disk encryption
  • Use a strong complex password for all your mobile devices
  • Keep your device physically secure
  • If your device is lost or stolen, report it immediately to your carrier (if it is a phone)or organization


Whole Disk Encryption is offered for free by the School of Medicine Security team. Bring your laptop to the OIS helpdesk in 65 Macnider for encryption.

What you will need for encryption:

  • Apply all windows updates prior to dropping off the laptop
  • Mac users will need to back up their own data. We will do a full image backup for windows users.
  • The laptop and power cord


Windows PGP Process:

  • The process takes anywhere from 6 hours to 1 ½ days depending on the size of the hard drive.
  • A full backup of the laptop is created
  • PGP software installed and hard drive encrypted


Mac FileVault Process:

  • User will need to create a master password for their laptop
  • User will need to back up their data
  • We will configure FileVault (full disk for OS versions 10.7 and above, directory level for OS versions below 10.7) – if you do not have OS version 10.7 – you will need as much space available on the drive as there is used.


Full disk encryption takes about nine hours to complete – you can take your laptop with you once the encryption begins. Home directory level encryption takes about one-two hours to complete. Laptop encryption is required by University Security Policy for users storing sensitive data and for anyone using WEBCIS.

Please visit the OIS Information Security & Privacy site to read more about the Laptop Encryption Initiative.

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