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Safe Computing Practices (HOW TO PROTECT YOUR COMPUTER)

This document gives you tips on safe computing practices


Although you cannot make your computer system completely immune to attacks, there are ways to improve its overall security to make it less vulnerable. By following some simple precautions, hopefully you will have uninterrupted access to your computer, documents, and network resources.

Take the following steps and apply the following software to best protect your system. It's best to have all of this done before arriving to campus and plugging into the UW-Green Bay network.

1. Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus programs help protect you from malicious programs, called viruses, that attach themselves to an executable program or file in order to spread from computer to computer. Learn more about computer viruses. All student-owned computers must have some type of working and updated AV software installed. It should be updated and run frequently. CIT Anti-Virus Recommendations for Home Use .

2. OS Updates

Security, performance updates, and new features are always being made available to licensed users through a free Microsoft Internet service called Windows Update. Learn More. Windows Update is available for most of the Operating Systems like Windows XP and Windows 2000. Make sure that you apply the latest critical Window Updates, including Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. You can use the Automatic Updates feature to control the delivery and installation of critical updates on a schedule you specify.

Windows Updates: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
Macintosh Updates: http://www.apple.com/support/

3. Firewalls

A firewall is a protective boundary that monitors and restricts information that travels between your computer and a network or the Internet. Windows Firewall provides a line of defense against someone who might try to access your computer from outside the Windows Firewall without your permission. Anyone running Windows XP should enable the Windows Firewall. More Info If you are using an Apple computer, you can enable your Firewall from System Preferences , Sharing, Firewall.

4. Spyware Removal

Spyware is a general term used for software that performs certain tasks, such as collecting personal information or changing the configuration of your computer without your appropriate consent and control. Spyware can significantly slow down your computer, make unwanted changes to key settings, and be difficult to remove. Learn More.

Anti-spyware software helps protect your computer from spyware and other potentially unwanted software by detecting and removing known spyware programs. It can be scheduled to scan your computer at times that are convenient for you.

Two free products recommended for spyware removal are:
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal and Spybot Search & Destroy. Though both software applications essentially do the same thing; most people agree that spyware sometimes 'missed' by one product is usually found by the other.

Investigate additional methods of protecting your PC below:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Free Anti-virus, Spyware removal)
Security scanners, tools, and safety guidelines for your PC, laptop, or mobile device.
Block Pop-up Windows with Internet Explorer




Keywords: protect, virus, spyware   Doc ID: 24783
Owner: Kevin B.Group: UW Green Bay
Created: 2012-06-21 08:16 CDTUpdated: 2012-08-30 13:13 CDT
Sites: UW Green Bay