Computer Security

Virus Protection

There are thousands upon thousands of malicious programs that can be accidentally downloaded from the internet, and any computer can fall victim. One of the best ways to protect against a computer virus is to have anti-virus software installed.

For Windows Vista or windows 7, we recommend that you use Microsoft Security Essentials, downloadable for free from

Windows 8 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials automatically.

Although it is rare for a Mac computer to get a virus, there are still many viruses out there that can infect a Mac. We provide a Sophos Anti-virus installation for students here. If you want access to this program, please contact Team55.

Secure Practices for Computer Use

  1. Keep antivirus software installed and up-to-date. Viruses are constantly being released, and having software that is not updated regularly can put your computer at risk.
  2. Only have one anti-virus program installed at a time. Anti-virus programs can interfere with each other and cause your system to be less secure.
  3. Do not leave your computer where someone can access it. Leaving a computer in a public place not only puts it at risk for being stolen, but for someone to access information on the computer.
  4. Backup your files regularly. You never know when a hard drive will fail, or any other piece of hardware for that matter. Having one (or many) backups of your files is helpful for when something happens unexpectedly.
  5. Use different passwords and usernames for different systems. Should one account become compromised, having various passwords will prevent attempts to access your other accounts from being successful.
  6. Don't post private information anywhere on the internet. The internet is a public place, and the whole world could easily find something there. Only post information that you are okay with the whole world having access to.
  7. Be alert to phishing and scams. NEVER give out any account name or password electronically, unless you are logging into a site you trust. If you receive a request for your account information in an e-mail, completely ignore it. Team55 will NEVER ask you for your password, and any request for your password should be ignored.