Information Technology and Services

Desktop Security

A personal computer is anything but personal.

Your network and Internet connections link your computer to the outside world and the outside world back to your computer. With the proliferation of viruses, worms, Trojans, and identity theft, it's possible that someone besides you is looking at your data. In this environment, it's necessary for all members of the University community to be proactive in protecting the data and personal information stored on computers on the University network. The links below describe desktop security measures designed to thwart Internet predators.

  • Practice good physical security.
  • Use update-to-date antivirus software.
  • Use a locked screensaver.
  • Use a firewall and follow the Firewall Guidelines.
  • Set up separate user accounts for desktop sharing.
  • Disable filesharing.
  • Remove all spyware from your machine.

Last Updated: 05/20/13

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