Preparing your computer for the campus network
Before you bring your computer to campus, there are a couple of things you need to do. Computer and network security concerns have steadily increased over the past few years, so we have put several measures in place to minimize your exposure to viruses and other malicious activity. We use a network solution, to register and scan student computers for use on the network. The scan quickly identifies and isolates problem machines. In order to pass this scan, your device or computer will need to clear each of the following checks:
The latest patches and fixes on your operating system should be up to date.
On a PC, run Windows Update shortly before you come to campus and install any available patches. We highly recommend that you configure your computer to run the Windows Update process regularly, even on a daily basis. The automatic updates can be enabled from the Control Panel (Windows Updates).
On a Mac, check for and install updates from the Apple icon/Software Updates menu before coming to campus. Always allow new updates to install, even once you're through the registration process, as they'll ensure that your computer runs smoothly.
Antivirus software must be installed and up-to-date.
You'll need to have one of the acceptable antivirus programs installed in order to register your computer on the student network. Acceptable antivirus programs for Windows include Avast, Eset NOD32, F-Prot, F-Secure, AVG, McAfee-Enterprise, McAfee-Home, Norton EndPoint, Panda or Sophos, and several others. Acceptable antivirus programs for Mac include Avast and Sophos, among others. (If you are already running a different antivirus other than those listed, check with the IT Helpdesk at 802.654.2020.) Virus signatures should be regularly updated, preferably at least once every 24 hours.
Update anti-spyware software
Your anti-virus software will probably include an anti-spyware component. However, due to the prevalence of spyware on the web, we recommend you install a stand-alone anti-spyware application, such as Webroot-SpySweeper, Spybot or MalwareBytes. Your anti-spyware solution should be set up to update on a regular basis. (In many cases, it’s as simple as starting the application and choosing the update button.)