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5 steps for securing your computer

 2 minutes to read | Last updated Aug 14, 2019

Take these basic steps to help keep your computer safe when you go on-line.

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 and applications updated

Set up your computer for automatic software updates to your OS. Outdated software such as Adobe’s Flash Player and Acrobat Reader may be exploited, so keep them updated too.

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. Consider using a password manager such as LastPass.

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. Also, consider installing an ad-blocker to protect yourself from “malvertising.”

Note: This includes social networking sites.