Computing and Network Security

Microsoft Windows Security

The following steps are precautions you can take to help protect your computer from viruses and vulnerabilities. For additional information  please visit Microsoft Security Help and Support.

  1. Turn off Your Computer:
    If the computer is not in use, turn it off. If a computer is not on, it cannot be attacked. It will also save electricity and eliminate any possible misuse.
  2. Automatic Security Updates:
    Use the Windows Update feature of Windows to ensure the computer system is free of critical vulnerabilities. Follow the instructions for Using Automatic Updates to automate the process for future updates.
  3. Anti-Virus Protection:
    New Viruses, Trojans and Worms are discovered every day. These are used by criminals to attack systems, steal personal information (credit card numbers, bank PINs), and perform other malicious activities. UIT provides Symantec AntiVirus software free of charge to all members of the York community.
  4. e-Mail Attachments , Software Downloads, and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing:
    E-mail attachments containing viruses will normally be detected by the Anti-Virus software. However, since new viruses are discovered every day it is wise to take care when viewing unexpected e-mail attachments, running software downloaded from un-trusted sites, and in particular any software downloaded via peer-to-peer networks. A recent study has shown that nearly 50% of all programs available for download via a popular file sharing network contain viruses or Trojans. If in doubt, contact the sender for verification, Do NOT open it.
  5. Spyware Removal Tools:
    A large amount of software also include small "SpyWare" programs which run concealed on your computer and record your actions to some extent for marketing or other purposes. Using free software the following software(s) helps minimize this type of privacy intrusion:

    Use at your own risk, York University is not responsible for the use and support of this type of software.

  6. Using a Personal Firewall:
    It is recommended that the Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/W7 built-in firewall be turned on and used.

  7. Windows Updates:
    Use Windows Update to manually ensure the Windows operating system has all Critical Updates. Using Microsoft Internet Explorer, go to the Windows Update site and follow the on-screen instructions for doing the High Priority Updates for Your Computer.

  8. Using Automatic Updates:
    Ensure Windows Automatic Updates is enabled on Windows XP/Vista/7.
    Windows XP

    1. Classic View: Go to Start | Control Panel | Automatic Updates
    2. Category View: Go to Start | Settings/Control Panel | Security Center | Automatic Updates

    Windows Vista / 7

    1. Go to Start | in search field type Windows Update
    2. On the side menu click Change Settings

    After Automatic Updates is set-up, a notification balloon may show up periodically in the task bar whenever new updates become available. Click the notification balloon to review and install the downloads.

  9. Symantec AntiVirus with LiveUpdate:
    Use Symantec AntiVirus with LiveUpdate to help protect the computer from viruses. The use of Antivirus is required to connect to ResNet service.Download Symantec AntiVirus

    1. Start | Programs | Symantec Endpoint Protection.
    2. Click on the Change settings button on the left side of the screen.
    3. Click on the Configure Settings button beside "Client Management".
    4. Click on the Scheduled Updates tab.
    5. Place a check mark before "Enable automatic updates".
    6. We recommend setting the Frequency to Daily.
    7. You can specify the other settings to your needs.
    8. Click on OK.

    The computer is now running a fully updated anti-virus system that will automatically keep itself current with information about new viruses.