Computer Security

Alfred University provides network access in residence halls, libraries, and all other campus buildings. Ethernet and wireless connections are available. If you connect your personal computer to the AU network, you are responsible for the security of your system. There are steps you can take to protect your computer from potential risk.

Some ways to help secure your computer

  • Only download files from known sources. Downloaded files can contain hidden programs that will infect your computer or make it available for remote use without your knowledge.
  • Turn off or remove unwanted programs and features
  • Back up your data regularly
  • Change your password every 240 days and make sure it conforms to AU's password policy
  • Keep your anti-virus software up to date. Windows users should use Windows Defender; Mac users should use Avast.
  • Apply all patches and updates to your operating system and software programs
  • Limit access to your computer to reduce the chances that someone could install dangerous software

Following the steps above will reduce the risk to your computer and make your computing experience at Alfred University a safer one.

Password Change Resources

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Virus Information

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