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Before you arrive on campus, make sure that your computer will be as safe as possible from viruses and other malicious programs that are rampant on the internet. Also make sure that you are applying best practices when using computer technology. Tools and resources are available from IS&T, many of them free, to ensure you have a layered defense against many of the threats to your computer and the information it contains.

Viruses, Spyware, and Malware

IS&T provides Sophos anti-virus software free of charge to the MIT community. Sophos can be installed on Mac, Windows, and Linux computers and has the added benefit of using software that has been fully tested in the MIT environment. The MIT settings for Sophos ensure that your system will be updated with the latest virus definition (DAT) files.

There are several steps that you can take to protect your computer and data from unwanted attacks.

Software Patching

Even if If your computer seems to be working fine, you should always apply the most recent patches. Not doing so leaves the door open for a malware attack. It's easy to turn on automatic updates for your Mac and Windows computers.

Backing Up Your System

It is essential that you always back up your important information on a regular basis and have a plan for recovering from a system failure.

After a compromise: Remove malware and recover from a system compromise.

Loss and Theft

IS&T provides theft deterrents and retrieval assistants to help you prevent the loss of your laptop/computer and mobile devices. These include cables and locks, STOP tags, and theft recovery software.

Find out what to do if your computer or mobile device is stolen.

Note: Archiving "Mobile devices" and "After a compromise" sub-pages.