Before arriving on campus, make sure that your computer is sufficiently protected against viruses and other online threats. Always apply best practices when using computer technology. IS&T offers software and services, many of them free, to ensure a layered defense against a variety of cyber threats.
Viruses, spyware, and malware
Sophos anti-virus software is available free of charge to the MIT community. Sophos has been fully tested in the MIT environment. Your system will be updated with the latest virus definition (DAT) files.
Take these additional steps to protect your computer and data from unwanted attacks.
Even if your computer seems to be working fine, you should always apply the most recent patches. Not doing so leaves the door open for a malware attack. It's easy to turn on automatic updates for Mac and Windows.
Backing up your system
It is essential that you back up your important information on a regular basis and have a plan for recovering from a system failure.
After a compromise
Loss and theft
Find out what to do if your computer or device is stolen.