Performing basic computer safety maintenance is your first step to preventing nasty viruses from infecting your computer.

Here are 3 things you can do to protect your computer:

  1. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. 
    At Carleton, all computer labs and staff/faculty workstations have Trend Micro antivirus installed. Trend Micro is available to staff and faculty for home use.
  2. Keep up with software, operating system and security updates.
    When you get a notification to install the latest upgrade, do it. Upgrades often contain patches that address security breaches and additional enhancements to security/functionality.
  3. Configure your computer’s built-in firewall.
    Firewalls can detect and prevent unauthorized traffic coming in from the internet.

As a Precaution: Back up your Computer

As a further preventative measure, back your computer up on a regular basis.  This way, if you are infected with a virus, it may not be quite so painful.

For staff and faculty, this means backing your work up on the W: drive. The data on your computer is not backed up, whereas the W: drive is backed up on a regular basis.

For students, if you use a laptop or a home computer for your school work, you may want to invest in an external hard drive or cloud service as a means to back up your work, pictures, music and files.

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