Keeping your computer or other networked device secure will help protect your personal information from online threats. Taking steps to secure your device is actually required by the campus - you can learn more about Berkeley’s Minimum Security Requirements for Networked Devices policy here.
A weak password is what hackers look for first. Make sure that your passwords are strong and hard to guess! They should be AT LEAST 8 characters and include numbers or special characters. Go here for tips on creating a strong password.
Antivirus software will give you a fighting chance against malicious programs that try to gain access to your computer and information. If you do not already have an antivirus program, we recommend you download Avast, available for free here. For Windows and Mac.
Ensuring that your computer's firewall is enabled prevents dangerous network traffic from exploiting software vulnerabilities. Not sure if your firewall is on? Get a step-by-step guide here.
Hackers are finding ways to subvert software every day. Keep your system up to date to stay ahead of them!
On a Mac
By updating to the latest operating systems like Mac OS X El Capitan and Windows 7, 8, or 10, you will receive patches that help keep your system secure. UC Berkeley provides Windows operating system updates to students for free. Go here for more information.
You can get the latest Mac OS updates directly from Apple.