It is very important to make sure that your Operating System (for example, Windows XP) and software (particularly e-mail clients and web browsers) are regularly patched.
Microsoft regularly release security updates to address security problems or fix bugs in their software. The easiest way to do this is to use Windows Update - you can either manually visit the website, or choose to have updates automatically downloaded. The Computing Service also makes the latest patches available, but because this requires you to select and download them manually this is not the preferred solution except for the most advanced users. Service Packs and other large downloads are, however, easiest to download from the Computing Service - they maintain a download page of these (which avoids transatlantic download charges for the university if you are connected to the network).
Mac users should refer to the Computing Service Mac security page for updates, and the Macintosh Support page for other free software and a large amount of other advice and information. There is also security advice for Unix users.
You should also make sure that you are running anti-virus software and that it is regularly updated.
|Computing information last modified by SP on 13 October 2009|