Secure a Student Personal Computer

Steps to Help Secure Your Computer

  1. Use Anti-virus Software
  2. Use a Firewall (Win7, Vista, XP, Mac)
  3. Use Separate Accounts and Strong Passwords (Win7, Vista, XP, Mac)
  4. Update Your Application & Operating System Software (Win7/Vista, Mac)
  5. Use an Anti-spyware Program
  6. Secure Your Web Browser
  7. Follow best practices in the Safe Computing Topics section and the Safe Computing practices below.

Use Safe Computing Practices

Our recommended steps can only protect you from what is known. Using safe computing practices can limit your exposure to new threats that appear on the Internet before vendors can produce updates to protect you.

Some safe computing practices include:

This is not an exhaustive list. There are so many computing scenarios that they could never all be recorded. When you are presented with an unknown situation, always err on the side of caution and contact Technology Help for guidance on how to proceed.

For infected computers, check your University of Minnesota email, or contact Technology Help for next steps.  For the general process, see Options for Infected Personal Computers.