On any computer network, security is a major concern. The threats to personal information, bandwidth, and data are becoming more frequent and more complex. That is why it is imperative for all computer users to learn how to maintain their own computers. It is important to learn these techniques now, so as to not be forever dependant on computer service technicians (and their high fees). We recommend these steps to all computer users, whether they are on campus or off, and whether they are students, faculty, or staff. Following these steps not only protects your data and your personal information, but also protects our network from being easily overloaded with the multitude of viruses and spyware that are prevalent today.
Secure computing is a four-pronged effort which involves making sure you do the following:
- Have an anti-virus program and keep it up-to-date.
- Keep up-to-date with operating system updates (such as Windows Update).
- Install, update and run a spyware protection program.
- Use good passwords, change them frequently, and keep them SECRET.
Anyone connecting a computer to the campus network is required to have an up to date, anti-virus program. Starting in the fall, ResNet will conduct security sweeps to make sure that students on the network have anti-virus. If they do not have anti-virus or if it is not up-to-date, the computers will not be allowed on the network until the situation is rectified. Avoid the hassle and prepare your computer in advance.