Make sure that your computer and devices are sufficiently protected against viruses and other online threats -- especially if you are just arriving on campus. 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.

Software patching

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

Remove malware and recover from a system compromise.

Loss and theft

IS&T provides theft deterrents and retrieval assistants to help prevent the loss of your computer and mobile devices, including STOP tags and theft recovery software.

Find out what to do if your computer or device is stolen.