Maintaining a secure computer environment at Calvin is more than just protecting your computer from viruses, spyware, and hackers, it's also about protecting the sensitive college information to which you have access. While we work hard to make the network as secure as possible, inlcuding blocking websites known to be malicious, you must do your part. Listed below are a few simple things you can do to help keep our college network and college information secure.
- Update your antivirus definitions regularly
- Enable Windows Updates
- Keep your computer free of spyware and adware
- Practice defensive computing
- Be careful what software you download
- Create effective and secure passphrases
- Back up your files
More information about network security:
- How to protect sensitive information
- Personally identifiable information
- Security & maintenance on ResNet
- Phishing attacks
- Lack of privacy in emails
- Spyware FAQ
- Protect your computer from physical intrusion
- Securing mobile data (offsite)
- Securing your personal mobile device
Calvin faculty, staff, and students have been barraged with e-mails asking for personal information including passwords, usernames, and other confidential information. Those that respond to these e-mails put Calvin information at risk.
In order to minimize the risk posed by malicious URLs, Calvin Information Security has begun blocking access to sites that are:
If you attempt to go to one of these sites you will be redirected to a page stating The Web page you attempted to access was blocked by Calvin Information Technology.
If you think the site you are trying to access is not malicious, please contact the HelpDesk (x6-8555).
Update your antivirus definitions
In order for your antivirus software to effectively protect your computer, you have to provide the most recent, up-to-date virus definitions. Be sure when you install Symantec that you turn on the automatic updates.
Enable Windows Updates
By enabling Windows to update automatically, your computer will receive these updates as they become available.
Keep your computer free of spyware and adware
Most spyware is installed without your knowledge when you click on pop-up ads, download music files, install free programs, and so on. Being cautious about what you click on or install on your computer can help you avoid unwanted spyware and adware.
The best way to protect yourself against a system compromise is not to engage in activities which can leave you vulnerable to attacks.
Be careful what software you download
Create strong passphrases
Because technology can at times prove unreliable, it is important to save your files in more than one location. You should save your files in at least two locations of the following locations:
Faculty and staff: If you save your files to the network they are backed up on a regular basis.