This page is intended for Colby students to use to setup appropriate protection for their personally owned computers on the Colby network. Faculty and staff may find the instructions here useful for their own personally owned computers as well. ITS does not support personally owned faculty or staff computers, please see the local vendor list instead.

Windows

Virus Protection

  • Policy on Removing Viruses—ITS will make their best effort in removing a virus. We can not guarantee when removing a virus that it may not cause more problems. In some instances removing viruses from the computer may adversely affect the operating system. This can cause serious problems and may require re-installation. Since ITS does not reformat or install students’ OS’s you would then need to contact the vendor or take the computer to a local repair shop in town…or try to fix it yourself
  • Some viruses are malicious and can cause major computer problems
  • Students with Windows computers are required to have anti-virus software installed and keep it up-to-date. Several anti-virus programs are available for purchase as well as for free.
  • Windows 8 and Windows 10 come with Windows Defender.
  • Free Anti-Virus programs for older computers are available for downloading —AVG, Avira, Avast, or Security Essentials
  • If you prefer to use another virus program, please keep the program up to date at all times.
  • Warning: You should only have one virus program installed at a time to prevent issues from occuring.

Personal Firewall

  • A firewall protects your computer from unauthorized connections over the internet
  • Information on how turn on/off the firewall in Windows 10

Spyware Removal

  • Spyware is advertising software that usually installs itself without permission onto your computer as you browse the web.
  • It slows down your computer and may cause software instability
  • Malwarebytes is a free tool that can be downloaded for spyware removal.

Windows Critical Updates

  • Windows updates provide essential security upgrades to Windows Operating Systems
  • These updates are crucial in safeguarding your computer against virus and spyware infections
  • How to Install Automatic Windows Critical Updates.

Set a Password

  • Set a secure password on your computer
  • Use mixed uppercase, lowercase characters, symbols, and numbers within your password
  • Whenever you leave your computer it is highly recommended that you lock it.

Backup Documents

  • Backup important documents regularly
  • Backup to CD, USB flashdrive, server, etc.

Macintosh

Virus Protection

  • Policy on Removing Viruses—ITS will make their best effort in removing a virus. We can not guarantee when removing a virus that it may not cause more problems. In some instances removing viruses from the computer may adversely affect the operating system. This can cause serious problems and may require re-installation. Since ITS does not reformat or install students’ OS’s you would then need to contact the vendor or take the computer to a local repair shop in town…or try to fix it yourself
  • Some viruses are very malicious and can cause major computer problems
  • ClamXav is a free anti-virus program available for Macs
  • If you use ClamXav or prefer to use another anti-virus program, please keep the virus definitions up to date at all times
  • Warning: You can only have one virus program on your computer at any time without causing problems.

Personal Firewall

  • A firewall protects your computer from unauthorized connections over the internet
  • See instructions for configuring your Macintosh OSX Firewall.

Spyware Removal

  • Spyware is advertising software that usually installs itself without permission onto your computer as you browse the web.
  • It slows your computer and may cause software instability
  • Malwarebytes is a free tool that can be downloaded for removing spyware on your Macintosh.

Set a Password

  • Set a secure password on your computer
  • Use mixed uppercase, lowercase characters, symbols, and numbers within your password
  • Whenever you leave your computer it is highly recommended that you lock it.

Backup Documents

  • Backup important documents regularly
  • Backup to CD, USB flashdrive or etc.