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Phd Student Laptop Requirements

All incoming PhD students at Cummings School are required to have a laptop computer.  Please contact your mentor for the recommendation of purchasing either a PC or a MAC.  We recommend also purchasing an extended warranty from the manufacturer to cover the cost of hardware repairs that may occur.

Mobile Devices Recommendations

Tufts strongly recommends that all students with mobile devices such as an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch have the most recent operating system.  Please make sure your devices are set to be automatically updated by the vendor to ensure that your devices are always on the most current operating platform.

Security Recommendations

Tufts strongly recommends that students ensure their personal devices specifically laptops, tablets and phones have disk encryption toggled on.  For PC’s please to go Control Panel select All Control Panel Items and then select BitLocker Drive Encryption

For a Mac encryption (File Vault) please see go to the Apple menu then System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.  Click the FileVault tab.  Click , then enter an administrator name and password.  Then Click to Turn On FileVault.

Things to Consider Regarding Security

  • Browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari should be set to automatically update which will ensure you have the latest patches for browsers
  • Tufts also recommends that students set their Screen Savers to the 10 – 15 minute setting on all their devices. It is also suggested that students consider purchasing a privacy screen for laptops and or tablets.
  • Make sure that passcodes and/or biometrics are enabled for devices to ensure data security.
  • Finally Tufts strongly encourages the use of YubiKey to protect your devices from unauthorized access. You can learn more about YubiKey at their website

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Special Software Pricing

Tufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors.  Please view the recommended hardware and software list before you make your purchase.  Check out Tufts on the hub for additional software and hardware options.

Laptop and Computer Services through Tufts

Tufts University offers services to graduate students on the Grafton campus such as Computer Purchase Consultations, Data Recovery, and Computer Donation and Recycling. Information can be found on the university’s