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Securing Your Computer

The IT staff at OSU strive to keep computers that are infected with malware off of the network, but despite our best efforts, there are infected machines that connect to the network. As part of our ongoing efforts to increase security for the entire OSU community, we have developed the following guidelines.

Before you connect your computer to the OSU network, we recommend that you follow a standard set of procedures for securing your system to ensure that the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of university systems are maintained.

Instructions for Apple Computers

  • Update & Patch Your Operating System
    1. Update the Apple Operating System by clicking on the Apple menu and selecting Software Update or visit the Apple website.
    2. Reboot your computer as requested. Repeat until all updates have been installed.
  • Update Your Antivirus Products
    1. Download ClamXAV from their site for free.
    2. Once installed, please ensure that your antivirus definitions are completely up-to-date.
    3. Verify that your antivirus is configured to download updates automatically on a regular basis.
  • Update Microsoft Office
    1. Open up a Microsoft Office application. Click on the Help menu and select Check for Updates.
    2. This will begin the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool. Install all of the updates listed.
  • Set a Password for Your Computer

If you automatically login to your Apple device with no password set - it could be a potential threat and makes your machine very vulnerable to malware. To find your account information, do the following:

  1. Open your System Preferences (you can find it by clicking the Apple in the upper left corner, and go down in the provided drop down menu).
  2. On the System Preferences window, you’ll want to find Users & Groups
  3. In Users & Groups, find the user account you want to set a password. Click “Change Password…”

If you have any questions regarding the updating and patching of your computer, please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.

Instructions for Windows Computers

  • Update & Patch Your Operating System
    1. Visit Microsoft Update(http://update.microsoft.com) and download all of the high-priority updates to your Windows installation.
    2. Reboot your computer as requested. Repeat until all High Priority updates have been installed. You may be prompted for your Windows installation CD while you are install patches. Provide it if necessary.
  • Update Your Antivirus Products 
    1. Open your Microsoft security software (Security Essentials (Windows XP/ WIndows 7) or Microsoft Defender (Windows 8/8.1)).
    2. Click the Update tab.
    3. Click the Update button.

Note: Microsoft provides an application that you can use offline to determine which patches are needed for your system. These patches can then be downloaded on a separate computer with internet access. You can download the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer from Microsoft.

If you have any questions regarding the updating and patching of your computer, please contact the OSU Computer Helpdesk.

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