Anti-virus, firewall and anti-spyware software
Up-to-date anti-virus software must be installed on all Windows computers that are connected to the University network (whether through wireless or physical connection).
For up-to-date information on viruses and what to do if you think your computer is infected, see the Information Services anti-virus information.
- If you do not have anti-virus software installed, you significantly increase your risk every time you connect to the Internet, plug in an external device or read your email.
- If you have an Internet connection, make sure that you have a firewall both installed and turned on. If you connect your own computer to the University's virtual private network (VPN), then you are protected by the University's firewall applications from external threats only so you must have firewall protection.
- Spyware is often distributed with free software - these hidden programs are the real price you pay for getting 'free' software. Spyware collects information and reports back on your Internet movements, which can include sending data to a third party about sites you visit, what you type into search engines and even the passwords and credit card numbers that you type into webforms.
For advice on what anti-virus, virus removal, firewall and anti-spyware software to use, refer to Information Services' anti-virus, anti-spyware and security tools information.
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