Computer Security is of great importance to both the end user and for the University as a whole. Security is taken very seriously and any breaches delt with according to University Rules and Regulations.
End users need to protect themselves from Internet threats such as viruses, trojans, attempted hacking and spyware. Malicious software applications are frequently lumped together under the term malware. These threats can arrive through obvious channels such as email attachments, or downloading software from suspicious sources. Spyware can be downloaded from apparently inocculous sources such as well known web sites.
Protecting yourself from such threats is expected by the University. If your machine is found to be affecting the network because it has been compromised via viruses or other problems, it will be removed from the network until such time as it can be shown to be free of infection.
Attempted hacking into your machine can be at least partially prevented by using a firewall. Recent operating systems, including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X, come with a firewall and we strongly suggest that this is used. Firewalls will tell you when something is either trying to connect to or from you via the Internet or when programmes are starting up unexpectedly. It is then up to you to decide if it is an expected event and whether to allow it or not.