Safe Computing Guidelines

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On any computer network, security is a major concern, especially as threats to personal information, bandwidth, and data become more frequent and more complex.  For all of these reasons – not to mention the practical importance of becoming self-reliant as opposed to depending on computer service technicians (and their high fees) – it is imperative that all computer users to learn how to maintain their own computers.  We recommend these steps to all computer users, whether on campus or off, and irregardless of whether the user is a student, faculty member, or staff member.  Following these steps not only protects your data and your personal information, but also protects our network from the multitude of viruses and spyware that are prevalent today.

Secure computing is a four-pronged effort that involves the following:

  1. Have an anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date.safe_computing_icon_gradient
  2. Keep up-to-date with operating system updates (such as Windows Update).
  3. Install, update and run a spyware protection program.
  4. Use good passwords, change them frequently, and keep them SECRET.

Click on the link incorporated into each of the above steps in order to ensure that your computer is up-to-date and protected.

For on-campus users, please be aware that anyone connecting to the campus network MUST have an up-to-date anti-virus program.  The ResNet department will conduct security sweeps to make sure that students on the network have the proper anti-virus program installed.  If a user does not have an anti-virus program or if it is not up-to-date, the computer(s) will be denied access to the network until the situation is rectified.  Please avoid the hassle of this type of situation and follow the steps above, today!