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Safe and Secure

Maintaining current updates to your operating system and using antivirus software is a requirement for ResNet access — computers found to threaten the integrity of the UC Davis network will be disconnected immediately.

Researchers estimate that an unprotected computer may be compromised within twenty minutes of being connected to the Internet; once infected, a computer on a network spreads that infection rapidly throughout the network. In May 2005, the campus released a directive announcing the adoption of the UC Davis Cyber-Safety Program policy. Protect yourself and our community by protecting your system before you arrive and regularly thereafter.

Take appropriate precautions before arriving on campus to avoid infections, identity theft, crashes and loss of your network privileges. Follow these steps to prevent viruses and protect your computer before you move in, and update your system regularly to avoid contracting.

Safeguard Your System

  • It is strongly recommended that you download Sophos Anti-Virus, which is available through the MyUCDavis Web portal. Sophos Anti-Virus is free for students, faculty and staff. It is also included on the UC Davis Internet Tools CD, which is available free along with several other useful programs at IT Express in 182 Shields Library. Make sure that Sophos Anti-Virus is continually running and checking your system for viruses, especially if you are downloading files from the Web, checking your email, or installing unfamiliar programs. Also make sure that Sophos Anti-Virus is set to check for viruses when you first turn on your computer. You should also give your system a thorough scan at least twice a month.
  • Update your Windows operating system at Microsoft Updates and configure it to receive frequent automatic updates. Assistance installing and configuring Norton Antivirus and Microsoft Updates is offered through both IT Express and your Computer Center.
  • Scan your system for viruses regularly. UC Davis hosts a web-based self-scan service that allows campus members to test their computers for major viruses and vulnerabilities. Information for repairing vulnerabilities and/or infections will be provided upon completion of the scan. This self-scanning service is intended only for the campus community, so testing a computer from an off-campus location will require a UC Davis login ID and Kerberos password.
  • Computer security information including announcements of current virus outbreaks and fixes are available from campus' Information & Education Technology site.

Tips and Tricks

  • Most commercial versions of Anti-virus software that are included on laptops are only trial editions and will expire after a few months
  • Anti-Spyware programs such as Ad-Aware and Spy-Bot help keep your computer clean, private and running smoothly
  • Spyware has been know to steal personal information from computers which can lead to identity theft.