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Computer Security - It Doesn't Affect Me, Does It?

Can you afford to lose your computer or the data you keep?  Would such a loss be a severe handicap to your educational pursuits?  Computers, like people, are vulnerable to infections and, like people, the more strangers you are exposed to, the more likely you are to catch a bug or virus.  Operating on the Carroll network exposes your computer to approximately 5,000+ digital devices each day and that is just on campus.  Your computer is one of your most important tools in your quest for education. 
So, how do you protect your computer?  Keep it vaccinated.  There are several good antivirus programs available.  Carroll provides one of the best antivirus applications for free.  Install it.  If you have another antivirus solution, keep it current.  Demo packages that have not been paid for do not provide adequate protection.  Consider additional protection from products like" Malwarebytes" or "Spybot Search & Destroy;" both are free and each offer excellent ancillary protection, like a booster shot. 

See the links below to download software and for additional information.


Windows Updates: Protecting Windows can prevent your computer from being as easily affected by viruses and worms. Follow these steps from Microsoft with your Windows computer:

Protecting Windows


Adware/Spyware Detection & Removal: This will prevent software that generates pop-up advertisements and tracks your web browsing habits. These are known to be annoying and can severely slow down computers. These two recommended products are free to download for personal use:

Spybot Search & Destroy

Click here for general information about viruses