Getting Started with Computer Security On Campus

These are steps you should take NOW, before you arrive on campus, to ensure that your computer will be as safe as possible from viruses and other malicious programs which are rampant these days on the Internet.

If you arrive with an infected computer, or if it becomes infected after you're here, you may lose access to the internet until you clean it up. This can take hours, endanger your personal documents, and require you to re-format your hard drive and re-install your operating system and all your applications from scratch. Although CUIT is here to help you should it be necessary, it's up to YOU to take the necessary precautions to secure your computer.

Precautions To Take:

  • Turn On Your Operating System's Automatic Updates feature. Don't ignore it when it notifies you to install an update, especially security updates.
  • Select a secure password for your computer that is different from the password you set on your UNI.
  • Make sure the built-in firewall is on at all times.
  • Download (for free!) Symantec AntiVirus and set it to update automatically. You will need your UNI and password to do this.
  • Scan for and remove any viruses found on your computer.
  • Remember to bring your original application CDs and Operating System CDs. CUIT cannot supply you with these items.
  • Develop a strategy for backing up your files regularly. 
  • Educate yourself about safe computing practices.