Protect Your Computer

One of the most important ways you can protect your personally owned computer is to use anti-virus software. We strongly recommend that you download and install one of the following anti-virus products.

Windows Microsoft Essentials
Microsoft Essentials is free, and is supported on Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.  It is NOT for use on University owned computers. 

Sophos is free, and is supported on Mac OS X.  It is available only to members of the U-M community for their personally owned computers.  It is NOT for use on University owned computers.

Protect Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop often contains personal or private data about you, friends, and family.  

Learn more about steps you can take to protect your device and data.

Protect Your Privacy and Reputation

We all know that social networking is the way to connect with your friends. But have you considered what information you share online? Others have! Security experts agree that your privacy is at risk if you include personal information about yourself, such as full name, address, phone number, or account numbers. It's also important to consider what information and photos are posted by you or others who know you.

Follow recommended guidelines for keeping your profile safe.


ITS is now offering a new, more secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) service which will be automatically installed on your campus computer starting December 16, 2016. Step-by-step instructions for a personal computer can be found here. Please begin to use this VPN as soon as possible.

When should I use the VPN?

  • When using University systems or transmitting personal data while off-campus, or while using unencrypted campus wi-fi (umd-wireless).  

  • When accessing IT applications that are otherwise only available while on campus.

  • While travelling overseas and/or while in a foreign country (Travel safe with technology).

The new VPN is easier and simpler to use. You have until June 30, 2017 to switch to the new service; however, we recommend that you begin using the new VPN as soon as possible.

For more information on how to ensure the security of your internet connection, consult this link.

**For Windows 7 machines, after this new application is installed you will see a notification bubble  displaying a  “disconnected” message every time that you log into your computer.  To disable this notification, please do the following

  • Go to Start, type in notification, select notificiation area icons
  • Set GlobalProtect Client to "Hide icon and notifications"