Information Technology Services

Computer Security

Alfred University provides network access to students in residence halls, libraries and other areas of the campus via wired and wireless connections. If you connect your personal computer to the AU network, you are responsible for the security of your system. This includes not only potential risk to your data and equipment, but also the risk that anyone on the Internet could use unsecured resources on your computer as a starting point to attack other computers or as a repository for the distribution illegal software and files.

Some ways to help secure your computer are:

  • Only download files from known sources. Software files as well as music files can contain hidden programs that will infect your computer or make it available for remote use without your knowledge.
  • Turn off or uninstall unwanted or unneeded programs and features.
  • Make regular backups of your data.
  • Change your password regularly and use something that is easy for you to remember, but difficult to be guessed. It must be at least 10 characters long and conform to the password policy.
  • Make certain that your anti-virus software is up to date. Alfred University uses Microsoft Forefront for its Alfred University purchased machines and recommends a free anti-virus software, Microsoft Security Essentials, for student's personal computers. You can find a free download by going to and searching for "Microsoft Security Essentials download".
  • Apply all patches and updates to your operating system.
  • Apply all patches and updates to your software programs.
  • Limit access to your computer. Anyone could accidentally or intentionally load software which would make your computer vulnerable.

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

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