Computer Security

Useful information about security for student owned computers/laptops

The importance of Anti-virus software

It is compulsory to have anti-virus software installed at all times on your personal computer, if you want to connect to the UWE network, whether you connect through the Residential networkeduroam or XA (Xternal Access). Your anti-virus software will protect your computer from worms, trojans and viruses. It must be running and up-to-date.

ALWAYS ensure that you have recently read and agreed with the IT Acceptable Use Policy before connecting to the UWE network.

The importance of a firewall

A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet.

Therefore, it is essential that your computer is firewall enabled at all times.

The importance of Security Updates

Even if you have a firewall and up-to-date anti-virus software installed, your PC can be infected with malicious software. It is important to make sure you keep your machine up to date with all the latest security updates. For Microsoft Windows operating systems, there is a built-in utility to do this, and you should configure it to automatically download and install updates. See Microsoft Online Safety page for help. Other major operating systems also provide regular updates, and you are advised to keep these systems up to date too.

Your Computer Security

Even if you have a firewall and up-to-date anti-virus software installed, your PC can be infected with malicious software. It is important to make sure you keep your machine up to date with all the latest security updates. For Microsoft Windows operating systems, there is a built-in utility to do this, and you should configure it to automatically download and install updates. See Microsoft Online Safety page for help. Other major operating systems also provide regular updates, and you are advised to keep these systems up to date too.

Please take computer security seriously:

  • Ensure that you have up-to-date anti-virus software running at all times on your computer.
  • Ensure that your computer is firewall-enabled and updated.
  • Your computer should also be password-protected to ensure restricted access to information.
  • Your laptop should be kept in a safe location (and not left unattended in a public place or a car).
  • Shared folders - If you create shared folders on the network they should be password protected to prevent unauthorised access.

Please see further information on securing your computer.

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