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Maintaining Your PC: Security

Security, when maintaining your own PC, takes on new meaning in that you may never really feel sure that you have done all that you should to properly protect it. Other links at this site refer to the various services that are available and the techniques that were applied to the setup of a managed Academic Support PC to reduce the risk. Even though a secure PC is an ever-changing target the following check-list, if followed, should provide enough security from most violations.

  1. Apply the latest Operating System and version, Service Pack and Critical Patches available for your OS and from application vendors.
  2. Install and/or enable the latest Anti virus software and make sure it is properly configured.
  3. Implement firewall rules , especially if you only interact with on-campus or a limited number of hosts.
  4. Enable IPSec to further restrict communication, if desired

Further steps are available to help lock down various vulnerable components within the operating system. We apply many of them as Active Directory policies

Applications like internet browsers can also become more secure by denying or at least prompting before accepting cookies and Active X componenets.

For more information see the Computer and Network Security page maintained by our senior technologist for security. A good Microsoft page to go to is the Microsoft Security Home Page.

Created by Manfred Grisebach, July 2005, Updated July 2017