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5 steps for securing your computer

 3 minutes to read | Last updated Oct 7, 2020

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

1
Keep your operating system and applications updated

Set up your computer for automatic software updates to your operating system (OS). Outdated software such as Adobe’s Flash Player and Acrobat Reader may be exploited. Keeping titles like these updated is also important.

2
Use antivirus software

Windows users should active Windows Defender (Antivirus), macOS users should use their built-in protection to guard against and remove existing viruses and malware.

Recommended Antivirus Solutions

3
Install FREE WiscVPN to secure your wireless connection

Surf securely on open networks.

WiscVPN details

4
Protect your NetID, password and MFA-Duo credentials

Never share your NetID, password or MFA-Duo credentials with anyone or reuse your NetID and password on another site. Consider using a password manager such as LastPass.

Guide for strong passwords

5
Use a firewall

A firewall is software that runs directly on a computer and protects it against attack from the network (by controlling incoming and/or outgoing network traffic). Most operating systems have built-in firewalls, but you need to make sure they are turned on.

Instructions for enabling your firewall