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5 steps for securing your computer

 2 minutes to read | Last updated Feb 11, 2017

Take these basic steps to avoid getting ripped off online.

Install FREE antivirus software

Use our FREE campus antivirus software (Symantec Endpoint Protection) to protect against and remove existing viruses and malware.

Get the software

Keep your operating system patched

Set up your computer for automatic software updates.

Install FREE WiscVPN to secure your wireless connection

Surf securely on open networks.

WiscVPN details

Protect your NetID and password

Use strong passwords and never share them.

Guide for strong passwords

Use email and the web safely

Do NOT click on unsolicited links or attachments in emails. And do NOT disclose identity information (SSN, birthdate, etc.) online.

Note: This includes social networking sites.