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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.

1
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

2
Keep your operating system patched

Set up your computer for automatic software updates.

3
Install FREE WiscVPN to secure your wireless connection

Surf securely on open networks.

WiscVPN details

4
Protect your NetID and password

Use strong passwords and never share them.

Guide for strong passwords

5
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.