Keep CalmFaculty that have home machines or traveling laptops have the option to obtain "installONLY" accounts. To obtain this type of account, you agree to update the following on a regular basis:

  1. Adobe Flash (one install per browser so one for IE, one for Firefox, one for Safari, etc)
  2. Adobe Pro
  3. Java
  4. McAfee (on Apple computers)
  5. All Microsoft Office "required" updates
  6. All Microsoft Operating System "required" updates and/or Mac OS updates
  7. All browser updates (i.e. Safari, IE, Firefox)

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1. Update Your Operating System (Windows updates)

Most security issues are related to vulnerabilities in the operating system. As these flaws are discovered software companies release patches and updates to protect you from the security holes.

2. Update Anti-Virus Software

One of the largest risks to a network is an infected or compromised computer. An infected computer can spread a virus quickly to other computers over the network. Anti-virus software is critical to practice safe computing.

3. Use Strong Passwords

By default modern operating systems are accessible remotely. If you have not set a strong administrative password or left it blank, this makes your computer vulnerable to various types of attacks, including "dictionary attacks" which is a rapid, automated guessing of common passwords.

Strongly Recommended

1. Back Up Important Files

No system is completely secure. If you have important files stored on your computer, copy them to another removable drive or disc and store them in a different location from your computer.

2. Enable Screen Saver Passwords

When you are away from your computer, lock the screen or set a screen saver password. This will prevent someone from using your computer when you are away from your desk.