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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. In brackets after each point is the name of the tab on the left to follow for more information.)

  1. Apply the latest Service Pack and Critical Patches as supplied by your OS and application vendors. (Security/SUS and Security/Patches and Service Packs)
  2. Install the latest Anti virus software and make sure it is properly configured. (Security/SAV)
  3. Enable the WXP Internet Connection Firewall (Security/Hardening/How to configure your PC to Academic Support Standards)
  4. Enable IPSec to further restrict communication, if desired (Security/Hardening)

Further steps are available to help lock down various components within the operating system. We apply many of them and describe them in the " Security/Hardening/How to configure your PC to Academic Support Standards" link and under the "IST Managed PCs" tab on the left.

Applications like IE can also become more secure by denying or at least prompting before accepting cookies and Active X componenets. Check the "Security" tab on the left for more tips.

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