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IT Division - Security

General Security Tips for Safe Computing


Downloading FilesLocked Screen

Be very careful about the software and files that you download. Only download files from trusted sources. Files from untrusted sources may contain viruses or have adverse affects on your computer. Some downloaded software may also contain spyware. Spyware collects personal data about your web surfing and other habits and sends that information to advertisers or other interested third parties. Some examples of spyware carrying programs are Kazaa, Imesh, and Bearshare.

Do not download or share copyrighted files such as music or movies with out permission from the copyright owners. Copyright infringement is against university policy and state and federal law. The No Electronic Theft (NET) Act of 1997 allows for criminal prosecution of individuals who electronically copy and distribute copyrighted work, even if there is no commercial gain from doing so.

View our file sharing page for more information on using peer-to-peer programs.

System Setup

Only install files and programs that you need. Installing unneeded software uses system resources and slows your computer.

Do not enable file and print sharing on your computer. This may allow others to view or delete files that you wish to keep private. Some viruses spread through open or weakly protected shared directories. If you must enable file and print sharing, restrict access by password protecting your shares.

Symantec Security Check

Click on the link below to visit Symantec's security check site and run a security check on your computer. The Security Scan will look for windows vulnerabilities, open ports used by hackers, and other common threats. The Virus Detection will scan and find any known viruses on your computer. This is not a substitute for antivirus software, and it will not actually remove the virus. If a virus is found, then contact the Network Computing Help Desk at 745-7000.

http://www.symantec.com/securitycheck

Questions

Faculty, staff, and Students can contact the IT Helpdesk at (270) 745-7000

Security Questions and Concerns can be sent to itsecurity@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 9/24/14