Personal Computer Security Recommendations

Recognizing that we handle sensitive personal information online (for purchases, access to bank and credit card accounts) we offer the following guidelines to minimize the chance of information being stolen.

Email: NEVER give your username or password to someone who asks for it via email.
Anti-Virus: NEVER click on a POP UP AD to download a FREE Anti-Virus scan. (Use a TRUSTED web site for downloads such as: www.microsoft.com (AV Link BELOW), http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0009-computer-security , http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/free-security-check-ups/ .)
Students owning a computer running Microsoft Windows (XP*, Vista, 7 or 8) are REQUIRED to run a real time anti-virus program. Avast Anti-virus, AVG and Microsoft Security Essentials receive high recommendations. Students are free to use other anti-virus solutions provided that they keep their subscriptions up to date. DO NOT allow your AntiVirus license to expire or be out-of-date. Install and Run only 1 real-time AntiVirus program at a time.  If there are any questions about a particular program (you suspect a “scam” by a fake anti-virus program, pop-up or browser re-directing to a strange web page or search engine result), PLEASE CONTACT us: Les/ResNet x7100 or Rebecca/Pharmacy School x3947.  Some scams will prompt the user via a “pop-up window” while browsing the internet.

** NEVER install any program that appears via pop up, **
** Especially
an Anti Virus program. **

List of recommended 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 (only available in a free version)
*Microsoft Windows XP SP3 Support is scheduled to END April 8, 2014. READ More… Anti Virus support should last for a bit longer.

Mac and Linux based systems are NOT required to run an anti-virus program.  However, Mac users are advised that viruses and malware exist which can infect their computers. At the present time however, most of these require scamming the user in order to be effective.

For web browser security, try an alternative browser such as Firefox or Chrome.  While a few sites require Internet Explorer, these sites are fewer and fewer.

THEFT: NEVER leave your laptop unattended while in public, and if you leave it in your room, make sure to lock your door. It only takes seconds for a laptop to be stolen if the owner isn’t there. You can also take your laptop to Campus Security and have it registered.