Secure Computing

RIT’s Virtual Private Network (VPN)

While using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as Road Runner, DSL, AOL, or other ISP's, VPN will allow you to securely connect to the RIT network from home or another remote location. This is required for access to some RIT-only applications.

RIT Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Virus Protection

Just as you would take precautions to lock your office or residence hall room, you need to make sure your computer is secure against intrusions and malicious programming. To assist with this, ITS offers the following products and information:

Security & Virus Protection

Firewalls and Host Intrusion Prevention

A firewall helps protect your computer by controlling incoming access to your computer. For ITS-managed Windows computers, ITS offers McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention, which incorporates both a stateful firewall and host intrusion protection. For Macintosh computers, there is a firewall incorporated within its operating system.

Windows Computers:

Macintosh Computers:

Information from the RIT Information Security Office:


Spyware is any software that covertly gathers user information about you, your computer and your web surfing and sends it to someone through your Internet connection without your knowledge.

Spyware Protection for RIT-owned machines

Spyware Protection for personally-owned machines

Secure Web Browsing with McAfee Site Advisor

McAfee Site Advisor monitors your web browsing and warns you about potentially dangerous sites before you visit them.

Secure Web Browsing for RIT-owned Windows machines

Secure Web Browsing for personally owned Windows machines

mySpam Spam Filtering

mySpam is a service that will filter 99% of all spam messages attempting to enter RIT email inboxes from off campus. Each day the mySpam service will send a mySpam report. In this report there will be a list of messages the system would like you to review. You may ignore the message and do nothing, this will mark them as spam, or you may "Release" them to your inbox making them as non-spam.

mySpam Spam Filtering

Full Disk Encryption

Encryption is essentially a 'lock down' of the data storage area of your computer and an encoding of that data. Information cannot be accessed without proper authentication, specifically your login/password sequence then it is decoded for use. Currently, encryption is only available for Windows-based, RIT-owned laptops and is being rolled out through the IT support for each college, division, and department. Mac laptops, and other desktop machines will be addressed in future phases of the project.

Full Disk Encryption