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Securing your home computer and laptop

So you just bought a computer brand new, took it out of the box, set it up and have begun surfing the Web. You may be thinking that since the computer is new, it should have all the software and safety precautions built in already. Well, you're probably wrong.

Whether you have an older computer or a brand new one, there are steps you need to take to ensure the security of your system. IU South Bend IT does not support users home equipment or personal equipment brought on campus. However, we strongly recommend you take a few precautions to protect yourself. The information provided in this section is simply a guide and is provided for your benefit.

The first thing that you need to know is that Windows 95/98 and Windows ME are not secure operating systems when connected to the Internet. IU South Bend IT strongly recommends that if you are on the Internet with a Windows based computer, you use Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and keep the software updated.

While it is true that Mac OS or Linux based computers are not as frequently targeted by viruses and hackers, there are vulnerabilities and viruses written specifically for those operating systems as well and it is important to keep these operating systems patched with the same vigilance as a Windows based user.

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