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Computer Safety Tips

We are here to offer you important services such as helping you get your computer connected to our network, removing viruses from your computer, and helping you keep your computer virus free.  While we love to have visitors, here are a few tips to help you keep your visits to the TSC short and sweet!

1.  Keeping your computer “patched” can prevent your computer from being infected by debilitating viruses which could cause you to lose your school work and music collection or have your identity stolen.

  • Windows computers  -  download and install Personal Software Inspector (PSI), available at http://www.secunia.com. Secunia automatically updates vulnerable applications on your computer. If you need assistance in installing Secunia PSI, please follow the directions outlined by clicking here.
  • Macintosh computers  -  download and install AppFresh from http://www.metaquark.de.  AppFresh lets you know when updates are available for applications, widgets, preference panes, and application plugins installed on your Mac. If you need assistance in installing Metaquark AppFresh, please follow the directions outlined by clicking here.

2.  Links in email, tweets, posts, and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer.  Be careful what you click on.  If it looks suspicious, delete it.

3.  Remember  -  the use of peer to peer applications to illegally download music and videos is NOT allowed at the University of Scranton.  Failure to remove these programs on your computer could result in the loss of your network privileges.

4.  Back it up:  protect your valuable work, music and photos by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.

Should your computer become infected with a virus, you can bring it to the TSC for virus removal services.  Please bring your power supply and allow ample time (1 – 3 hours) as you must remain with your computer while at the TSC.

 

Need Additional Help?

E-mail the Technology Support Center