Keep your operating system up to date Don'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:
Mac OSX 10.10+ Windows: Click the Start button and type
Windows Update. Press
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 downloading and installing
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) for Windows 7. MSE is free for personal use to all genuine Windows users. If you have Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 Windows Defender (the equivalent to Security Essentials) should be installed and enabled by default. You should
check to make sure it's running properly.
How to check the date for Sophos Anti-Virus:
Click the 'S' shield icon in the menu bar, then click the
Download Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac
For more security information, visit
the University's Safe Computing website.
View some of the latest cyber threats and scams.
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