Keep your operating system up to dateDon't undermine your computer's protection by providing hackers "back doors" to your computer. Updating your operating system (and your applications such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Flash) plugs security holes that hackers are constantly seeking. Check for Microsoft Updates or Apple Software updates at least once a week to keep your computer up-to-date with security and other bug patches. Do a check as "close to immediately" as possible after connecting to the Internet. Both Windows Update and Apple's Software update are turned on by default. Instructions for how to check if you are receiving updates automatically are below: macOSWindows: Click the Start button and type Windows Update. Press Enter.
Law IT strongly recommends that you have some kind of anti-virus program on your computer that is up-to-date. Many PCs come with trial versions of anti-virus software, but they usually expire after a couple of months forcing you to purchase a full version in order to keep up to date with the latest malware threats. Rather than pay for these types of subscriptions, the University recommends Windows Defender. Defender is installed by default in Windows 10 and 8.1. You should check (
Win 8.1 |
Win 10 ) to make sure these programs are running properly.
How to check the date for Sophos Anti-Virus: Click the 'S' shield icon in the menu bar, then click the About button.
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