Securing Your Computer
This section provides information about all the software and instruction necessary to comply with the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard. The software on this page is intended for use by students, faculty, and staff at RIT. Inexperienced/non-technical users may want to check out our Digital Self Defense 101 Workshop, which explains the dangers of the Internet and RIT security requirements in greater detail.
Note: You do not have to use the specific software listed on this page. However, you must meet the requirements of the Desktop and Portable Computer Standard for your computer.
RIT has licensed McAfee VirusScan software (available on the ITS Security & Virus Protection website) for use by students, faculty, and staff on personally-owned computers. RIT-owned Windows computers will receive McAfee HIPS (Host Intrusion Prevention Software).
It is not necessary to use this particular anti-virus; if you prefer, you may use any of the following products.
|ClamAV (Linux)||Free for personal use||Open Source|
|ClamXAV2 (Mac)||Free for personal use||Open Source|
|Norton Anti-Virus||One year paid subscription||Symantec|
|Trend Micro Anti-Virus||One year paid subscription||Trend Micro|
|avast! Anti-Virus||Free for personal use||ALWIL Software|
|AVG Anti-Virus||Free for personal use||Grisoft|
Spyware is very difficult to detect. Unlike anti-virus software, it may be preferable to run multiple spyware programs.
The License for Spybot Search & Destroy (available on the ITS Security & Virus Protection website) is free for use by faculty, staff, and students on both Institute-owned and personal computers. Be wary of other anti-spyware products - many products advertised actually contain spyware themselves! Additional spy-ware products we recommend can be found below.
|SpywareBlaster||Free for personal and educational use||Brightfort|
|Microsoft Security Essentials||Free for personal use on Vista and Windows 7||Microsoft|
|MacScan||Free (for Mac computers ONLY)||SecureMac|
Windows 7, Vista, XP, and Mac OS X all come with built-in firewalls; Resnet provides instructions on how to configure these built-in firewalls. If you do not want to use this firewall, RIT recommends the basic ZoneAlarm free firewall for Windows users Other firewall options may be provided by your Internet Service Provider.
Regardless of what operating system you run, it must be up-to-date on all security patches; the easiest way to do this is to turn on the automatic update feature. Learn how to enable automatic updates for Windows and keep your Mac up-to-date automatically.
Software Applications must also be kept up-to-date. This can usually be done from within the program itself or through the vendor's website; some programs have an automatic update feature. Use the links below to find updates for Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe software.
ISO-Approved Private Information Management Software
- Identify Finder (Windows, Mac)
- Cornell Spider (Linux only)