Important Security Links

Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS) is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on how to keep your computer safe from being compromised. However, without your help, there is little we can do to protect your system from being vulnerable to attacks. Take these steps to make your system as secure as possible. The recommended software is free and easy to download.

SEAS Account Security Tips

If possible, prepare your computer before arriving on campus. Please make sure that it is up-to-date with all critical operating system updates and patches. If you’re planning on purchasing a new system once you arrive, be sure to apply the following recommendations before putting it to use.

Apply security patches

• For Windows users, go to and install any detected Critical Updates. If you have Windows XP, we recommend that you turn on Internet Connection Firewall (ICF). Go to: for the link to Microsoft ICF

• For updates on MAC OS X, this will take you to the updates …
Apple Menu >System Preferences >Software >Update >Select Check Now

Critical Updates

Windows users to install any detected Critical Updates go to:

MAC OS X users turn on this Firewall:

Apple Menu->System >Preferences->Sharing->Firewall->Select Start.

MAC OS 9 get updates here:

Control Panel -> Software Update

Anti-Virus Software

All users should install the latest Anti-Virus software:

Related Links

Linux System Administration Best Practices

Important Security Links

ISC's Office of Information Security

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