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Security Tips

protect your computer, your information, and your identity

Keep your mac or Windows operating system up-to-date

Computer viruses frequently exploit vulnerabilities in Mac and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Learn how to get Mac and Windows updates.

Don't click on links in email or Instant Messages that you are not expecting

Links in email and IM can be used to spread computer viruses to your computer and others on the BC network.

Don't use peer-to-peer file-sharing applications

Those who illegally share or download copyrighted material such as MP3s are subject to legal and disciplinary action. Don't risk it! A number of BC students have already been served with lawsuits by copyright holders.

Don't leave Windows log-in passwords blank

Be sure to set your Administrator password for your computer. If you leave the password blank you are leaving your computer open to viruses and hackers! Learn how to change your Windows Administrator password:

Protect your personal information

  • Be extremely wary of entering personal or financial information online. You will never receive an email from BC requesting your username or password. Learn more at:
  • Consider how you're presenting yourself on Facebook and other social networking sites and configure your privacy settings accordingly.
  • Log into Agora Portal to review your privacy preferences and to provide your cell phone number so that the University can contact you in case of an emergency/crisis situation. Always keep your contact information current.

Back up your computer

To make sure you don't lose important files if your computer stops working, you should back up your computer on a regular basis. The easiest way to do this is to use an online service (search for: “online backup services”) that will do it automatically for you. You can also use an external hard drive or the BC MyFiles@bc service ( Learn more at: