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 (free for home users)
Sophos (free for home users)
OpenDNS (a web content filtering and security solution)
FOR ANDROID AND iOS
Sophos Mobile Security
Norton Mobile Security
Regularly install security patches on your computer operating system.
Windows Update Information
Security Updates for Mac OS X
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 including Microsoft's online safety and privacy information.
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.
Website Privacy Statement
The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) privacy statement applies to the College's primary domain name (baptistcollege.edu) and all its sub domains, including MyBCF (mybcf.baptistcollege.edu). These separate domains are referred to collectively as the BCF Website. BCF strives to protect users' privacy and confidential information. BCF will make efforts to ensure that changes to this privacy statement are reflected on the BCF home page. However, the failure of BCF to post changes to this privacy statement shall not prevent any changes from becoming effective in any instance, whether retroactively or prospectively.
Data Collection and Usage
BCF collects data from users to help fulfill the mission of the College. The information collected by BCF is voluntarily provided by the user in connection with the completion of online forms or by the user's web browser to facilitate communication with the BCF Website. Collected information is not sold, loaned, or shared with outside entities except where required by law or to fulfill the mission of the College. BCF complies with the federal Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) which protects student records. Please refer to BCF's FERPA policy for information about the release of student directory information.
General Internet Information
BCF cannot guarantee the privacy of any data while in transit to or from the BCF Website. Information submitted through forms on the BCF Website containing Social Security numbers or credit card information is protected through HTTPS encryption. Also, all transactions and information passed through MyBCF are encrypted. However, users of wireless Internet access are at greater risk of personal information being revealed.