Securing Your Computer

With the recent proliferation of viruses and worms, it is important for members of the Babson community to take precautions to ensure a safe computing environment. ITSD has taken and will continue to take steps to secure Babson’s network and the Babson-owned computers connected to it. However, as an open institution, Babson does not deny access to computers personally owned by students, faculty and staff. As a result, we are asking all users to take the time to understand how to update their computers, and to take steps to ensure that they are as secure as possible. The most important things you can do to secure your computer are:

1. Install, Use and Update Virus Protection

2. Keeping Up-to-Date with Critical Updates on Your Operating System

Microsoft regularly issues updates to its operating systems. If you are on campus, these updates are pushed to your machine automatically by the IT Service Center.

3. Keep Your Private Information Private

As you browse the web, many sites attempt to collect information about what you are doing. Some of this is benign, such as cookies which maintain user information, and some is not so benign, such as attempts to capture your username and password, or other private information. Spyware is the term commonly applied to these malicious programs. Sometimes Spyware is installed on your system by websites you browse to, or it may be installed when you download software from the web.

To protect yourself from Spyware, you can install an anti-Spyware program, which is similar to an anti-Virus program. While ITSD does not offer or support anti-Spyware software at the moment, there are a number of shareware and freeware programs available. Three popular anti-Spyware programs are Malwarebytes, Spybot Search & Destroy, and Ad-Aware. To download these programs, you can go to their publisher’s websites:

Note: The above programs do not scan your files in real-time. It is therefore recommended that you update them and run a spyware scan at least once a month. Remember, a proactive approach can help you avoid serious problems, but given the nature of computer hackers, there is no way to guarantee complete security. However, following these steps can significantly limit your exposure to problems.

What If My Computer Becomes a Network Problem?

If your computer becomes infected with one of these worms or viruses and starts to negatively impact the network, we will attempt to contact you to help you correct the problem. However, there may be situations where the damage caused is sufficient that we can’t delay. In those cases, ITSD may deny your computer access to the Babson network until such time as the computer is fixed. If you suspect that your computer has been denied access to the network, contact the IT Service Center at x4357 (HELP) and they can help you proceed.

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