Security Tips

Username and Password

Never share your username or password with someone who requests it via email. Only give your password to an IT Help Desk Technician, and only if you have submitted your computer for repair.


Students using Microsoft Windows must run a real-time anti-virus program in order to connect to the College’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:

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.

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

If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a particular anti-virus program, please contact us.

Fraudulent Emails

Beware of opening links or attachments in emails that ask you to log into 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.

If you are receiving these types of emails; there is a possibility someone else on campus is too. We want to be proactive in these situations to avoid security issues. Make sure to report the email as spam/phishing through your Gmail and contact us immediately at or visit PC’s Technology Help Desk, downstairs in Thomason Library, Room 11 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Acceptable Computer Use Policy

The College grants limited access to its computer systems to PC faculty, staff, current students, and certain others to transact legitimate business with the College. Unauthorized access to or use of any College computer system is prohibited and may be prosecuted under state and/or federal law.

Consult the College’s Acceptable Use Policy for more details. Always plan ahead, and keep a backup of work since no system is guaranteed.

Copyright Infringement Policy

Federal law specifically requires colleges to inform their students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities. In addition to civil or criminal charges in court, unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may result in sanctions imposed by the College. Read the full Copyright Infringement Policy.