Online Safety

Security Resources

OnGuardOnline.gov helps users maintain online safety, security, and responsibility. The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov in partnership with other agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education. PC recommends this site as a starting point for maintaining online prudence.

An additional resource is the Microsoft Safety & Security Center.

Security Tips

Username and Password

Never share your username or password with someone who requests it via email. Only give your password to a ResNet technician, and only if you have submitted your computer for repair.

Anti-virus

Students using Microsoft Windows (XP, Vista, or 7) must run a real-time anti-virus program in order to connect to PC’s network. Students may use other anti-virus solutions, provided that subscriptions are up to date. Students should run only one real-time anti-virus program; running more than one can create problems.

Recommended anti-virus software:

Avast Anti-virus (The free version will satisfy PC requirements.)

Malwarebytes (Only the paid version will satisfy PC requirements.)

Kaspersky (Only available as a paid version.)

Microsoft Security Essentials (free)

Mac- and Linux-based systems are not required to run an anti-virus program. Mac users, however, should know that viruses and malware can infect their computers.

Fraudulent Emails

Do not install any anti-virus program that appears via pop up while you are browsing the Internet or using Facebook.

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a particular anti-virus program, please contact us. People have infected their computers by opening a fraudulent offer of a free anti-virus program. Scams usually prompt the user via a “pop-up window” which appears while browsing the Internet, informing the user of a purported infection, and offering to install software to repair it.

Similarly, beware of opening links or attachments in emails that ask you to log in to a system to repair a problem, correct a bank error, or respond to a government warning. Go to the site by searching for the company or typing a known URL rather than clicking on a link in an email.