Protect Your Computer
One of the most important ways you can protect your personally owned computer is to use anti-virus/anti-malware software, especially if you are running a Microsoft Windows operating system. We strongly recommend that you download and install one of the following anti-virus products. However, there are many steps that should be taken to secure your personal computer no matter what platform you are on.
Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender
Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender is free, each are supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8.x respectively, earlier versions of Windows are end-of-life and no longer supported. Additionally, security patches are no longer available from Microsoft and thus these older versions of Windows (XP/Vista) are highly discouraged from being utilized on the UM-Dearborn campus due to serious security concerns. Microsoft Security Essentials is NOT for use on University owned/issued computers, as these computers already have an enterprise level anti-malware solution installed.
Windows 10 is shipped with Windows Defender which is Microsoft's anti-malware software that has been somewhat modified from previous iterations of anti-malware/anti-virus solutions by Microsoft in an effort to improve capabilities. Windows 10 also ships with other more advanced malware protections such as CFG (Control Flow Guard) borrowed from Microsoft's EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit). Subsequently, most EMET features have been built into Windows 10 or are slated to be, as such, Microsoft has opted to discontinue EMET on July 31st, 2018 in what appears to be an effort to encourage the Windows user base to upgrade to Windows 10 as early as possible.
Sophos Home for Macs is free, and is designed for usage on MacOS. It is NOT for use on University owned/issued computers, as these computers already have an enterprise anti-malware solution installed.
Protect Your Mobile Device
Your mobile phone, tablet, or laptop often contains personal or private data about you, friends, and family.
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.
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"