Protecting Your Windows Computer
Step 1: Get computer security updates
Why do I need to get computer security updates?
Computer security updates help shield your computer from vulnerabilities, viruses, worms, and other threats as they are discovered. A past vulnerability in the Windows operating system, for example, could allow an unauthorized individual access and use of your computer. Most versions of Windows have an Automatic Update feature that you can use to download the latest security updates automatically on a schedule you choose.
Why do I need to use up-to-date anti-virus software?
Anti-virus software helps protect your computer against most viruses, worms, Trojans, and other unwanted invaders that can make your computer "sick." BC provides McAfee anti-virus software free of charge.
Important: All student-owned Windows computers on the Boston College network MUST have McAfee VirusScan 8.7i Enterprise edition installed. Failure to comply could result in loss of network access. If you are currently using non-supported Anti-Virus software, such as Norton Home, you must uninstall it prior to installing McAfee VirusScan Enterprise.
What is ePO?
ePO is software that you install on your Windows computer that communicates with a central ePO server. ePO insures that you have up-to-the-minute virus protection (as opposed to the daily or weekly updates).
Rather than ITS alerting you to update your virus protection, ITS will be able to push the updates to all Windows computers that have ePO running and that are attached to the BC network. In the event of a new virus attack detected on campus, ePO will be able to prevent the attack from becoming widespread by distributing the necessary anti-virus updates.
Why do I need to get ePO?
- ePO is required for all students on the Boston College network using a Windows computer.
- ePO is recommended for all BC faculty and staff on the Boston College network using a Windows computer.
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