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Protecting Your PC

  1. Keep your firewall turned on.
    • A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to delete information, make your computer crash or even steal personal information such as passwords or credit card numbers. You should make sure your firewall is always turned on.
    • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 and above, Windows Vista and Windows 7 come ready with a firewall turned on by default.
  2. Keep your operating system updated (Microsoft Update).
    • High priority updates are critical to the security and reliability of your computer. They offer the latest protection against malicious online activities. Microsoft provides new updates, as necessary, on the second Tuesday of the month.
    • It is highly recommended to configure your PC to download updates automatically.
  3. Keep your computer free of malware.
    • Malware is software and/or code designed to infiltrate or damage a computer system without the owner's informed consent. Viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, bots, spyware, loggers and dialers are all various forms of malware.
    • Using antivirus software such as McAfee VirusScan along with spyware removal software like Windows Defender can greatly reduce the chances of malware infecting or infiltrating your computer.
    • Keeping your antivirus software enabled and updated (use automatic updates if available) is crucial for this protection to remain effective.  Out-dated antivirus software is as effective as no antivirus software at all.
    • Practicing good internet and computing habits will further help ensure you're not a victim of malware.  Malicious e-mails and IM's can be made to look like they are from a legitimate person and typically include a link to trick you into clicking on it and unknowingly download malware to your computer.
    • Visit Longwood's software library to find antivirus and spyware removal software for your PC.
  4. Use a strong administrator password/passphrase.
    • Setting a strong password or passphrase on all your user accounts is an important layer of protection.  It should be something easy to remember, easy to type and difficult for someone else to guess.
    • Do not use you administrator account for everyday computing. Using a non-privileged user account is not only a good computing habit, it is a great way to help further protect your computing from being infected by malware.
    • Refer to Longwood's Password Management Standards for help with selecting a strong password/passphrase.
  5. Only register computers that belong to you.
    • You are responsible for the maintenance and use of your computer and any activity associated with any computer registered to you using your LancerNet ID.
    • Unregister computers that no longer belong to you (sell, trade, trash, etc.) by contacting the Help Desk.

Visit Microsoft's Website for more information on protecting your PC.