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Computer Security and Safety

Students are responsible for maintaining their computers and computing devices in order to complete course work on
time. This includes keeping your computer secure, free of malware, and fully functional. In general it is recommended to
run security software on every machine. Also it is recommended use a UPS or a surge protector.

Virus Protection and Firewall

You should run firewall software on any computer connecting to any wireless network. Microsoft Windows and Mac iOS
both have built-in firewalls. Computers must be running virus protection with a virus pattern that is no more than 30 days
old to be reasonably protected from malware. It is best to update the virus pattern or virus definitions every day.
Several anti-malware and general computer security resources are listed below for your convenience. The Baptist
College of Florida makes no guarantee as to the quality or effectiveness of these products.

No-charge examples: (For Windows & Mac OS)

Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ (Free for home users.)
Sophos
http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools.aspx (Free for home users.)
OpenDNS – a web content filtering and security solution
http://www.opendns.com (There is a free version.)

FOR ANDROID AND iOS

Sophos Mobile Security
http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-mobile-security-free-edition.aspx
Norton Mobile Security
http://us.norton.com/norton-mobile-security/

Subscription-based examples:

Sophos
https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/endpoint-antivirus.aspx
Norton/Symantec
http://www.symantec.com/norton/index.jsp

System Updates

Regularly install security patches on your computer operating system.
Windows Update Information: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/downloads/windowsupdate/automaticupdate.mspx
Security Updates for Mac OS X: http://www.apple.com/support/
It is also recommended to use a battery back-up or a UPS.

Online Safety and Privacy

Please take the time to educate yourself about computer online safety. There are many excellent resources available to
you concerning this topic. Following is a link to online safety and privacy information on Microsoft’s site:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.aspx.
Microsoft Security help and support is available for the home user to help you obtain support for security-related issues
such as viruses and security updates. http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/cu_sc_virsec_master?ws=support