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Protect Yourself

Attention Mac Users

It is extremely important that Mac users are proactive with their security response. Today, security threats for Macintosh systems are more common as virus creators are finding new ways to compromise your computer. DO NOT be complacent! Furthermore, Macs can help spread Windows viruses across our network.

Install an up-to-date anti-virus application, such as Trend Micro Smart Surfing. Ensure that Software Updates is turned ON and set to update AUTOMATICALLY and DAILY.

Turn the Mac OS X firewall ON. See our Internet Connection Guide for instructions.

Protect Your System - Follow these three steps:

1. Do your Operating System Updates

It is extremely important that your computer has all operating system updates installed prior to your arrival on campus. To update your computer, please visit (Internet Explorer Only).

2. Install Up-To-Date Anti-Virus Software

All computers must arrive in residence with up-to-date anti-virus software installed and configured to update automatically on a daily basis. A software firewall must also be installed and functioning.

We recommend that you scan your computer for viruses on a regular basis with a well-known anti-virus software package. You should have the software scan your system for viruses automatically and daily. Your software should also automatically download updated virus lists from the Internet. Without these updates, your anti-virus software will be ineffective as it will not detect new viruses that appear almost daily.

Whenever you download a file, scan it before running it. Even if the file comes from a friend, be wary, because some viruses send copies to all names listed in an e-mail address book or instant messaging list. Many viruses can spread without a person knowing that their system is infected. If you are suspicious of an unsolicited e-mail attachment, we recommend that you do not open the attachment - just delete it.

Trojan horses, also known as Trojans, are often transmitted in the same way as viruses. However, Trojans such as NetBus and Back Orifice can be far more damaging than viruses. If your system is infected with a Trojan, someone else can take control of your computer and use it to break into other systems. This activity could be traced back to your computer and you would be held responsible.

We recommend the use of Trend Micro for Windows as an Anti-Virus, as it is supported by WTS and sold by the Campus Computer Store at a discounted student rate.

For those looking for a free solution, AVG Antivirus for PC is available for download here : as well as ClamX Antivirus for Mac users available here .

3. Install A Software Internet firewall

A firewall is a software program that acts as a filter for the communication that takes place between your computer and the rest of the network. It identifies the different types of messages flowing in and out of your computer and can be used to prevent potentially harmful instructions or data from reaching your system.

It is recommended that you turn your firewall software on. However, it should be noted that if your firewall is not properly configured, it can prevent you or others from accessing the network. If you do intend to use firewall software, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is functioning correctly. If you are experiencing network connection difficulties and you run a personal firewall, you may be asked to disable it.

Microsoft Security "Protect your PC": Visit for more information on securing your computer for the fall!


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