Make sure your computer is secure. University policy requires that you follow security best practices if you connect to the campus high-speed network.
Complete the 10 steps below for a trouble-free ResNet experience!
- Connect an Ethernet cable into your wall jack.
- Turn on the automatic update feature in your PC or Mac computer.
- Activate the built-in firewall on your computer.
- Install, update and run antivirus. Antivirus is available for free to students.
- Install, update and run anti-spyware software regularly on your computer. Spyware usually causes interference with your computer’s performance.
- Create and maintain frequent backups of your data. Check your backups (disks/external drives) on a regular basis, to confirm your backups are current.
- Avoid free music and movie sharing because:
- Your jack will be shut off if you go over your network activity quota.
- The music industry is cracking down on piracy and is issuing lawsuits for copyright infringement.
- They’re full of nasty, infected files that will wreck your computer!
- Click on the file sharing link for more information.
- Do not click on links sent over Instant Messenger (IM), like “see my vacation pictures.” For more information, go to: https://itsecurity.uiowa.edu/resources/everyone/best-practices-instant-messaging
- Do not click on links or attachments sent in spam e-mail, especially “greeting card” e-mails–they’re infected!! For more information, go to:https://itsecurity.uiowa.edu/resources/faculty-staff/best-practices-email-attachments
- Practice safe social networking. Be careful what you post online in Facebook, MySpace or any other social networking service.