Security & Antivirus

The university offers free antivirus software to students with a valid NetID. Currently, this software is only compatible with Windows PCs – systems running Mac OS, Linux, or other operating systems are not covered.

Symantec Virus Protection (instructions & download)

Observing basic safety practices is essential for protecting your computer and your personal data. Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure that you stay secure:

  1. Keep your software up to date. Program developers regularly update their software in order to repair discovered vulnerabilities, but you’re only protected if you install updates as they become available.
  2. Use discretion when installing new programs. Make sure you know what you’re installing and read through all of the installation prompts. Many programs come packaged with add-on software that you may not need and which may impact the functionality of other programs.
  3. Use a firewall. A firewall helps prevent unauthorized access to your computer and most operating systems come pre-packaged with one.
  4. Browse smart. Avoid downloading files and programs from websites that you’re not familiar with.
  5. Be an email skeptic. Don’t download attachments or follow links in emails from people that you don’t know.
  6. Avoid P2P and distributed file-sharing. Besides opening users up to copyright infringement issues, file-sharing programs are also often rife with malicious software.
  7. Use strong passwords. It’s recommended that all passwords contain at least 8 characters and use a mixture of lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.