Computer Security Recommendations

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Systems configured for the BU Active Directory (AD) have Microsoft patches applied automatically by IT system policies. A good indicator that your computer is on BU AD is that you need to enter your BU login and Kerberos password in order to log on to the computer when it starts up.  These patches, however, only apply to Microsoft operating systems. Clients should be aware that Microsoft no longer provides updated patches for versions of Windows prior to Window XP (ex. Windows ME, 2000, 98, etc.).

Third party applications such as Adobe (Reader, Acrobat and Flash), Real Player, QuickTime, Firefox, Java, etc. are also susceptible to being exploited. Most exploits, including malware infections are done so through these other applications.

The best way to mitigate the exploits is to do the follow steps:

  1. If one’s system is not configured for system updates, enable and configure it to do so
  2. Most current third party software have update features which can be used to update the product in case there is a newer version available, check often to see if updates are available.
    *Quick Tip* BUMC IT staff recommend using the website Ninite to simultaneously update or install multiple third-party applications
  3. Understand that older versions of software may put your system at risk. If possible upgrade to the latest version, otherwise, make sure the software is up-to-date with latest updates from the software vendor or if one finds the software is no longer needed, un-install it from the system.

Note: BU Antivirus software can be installed by BU faculty, staff, students on both BU-owned and personal machines

BUMC IT staff recommend running the program Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI), a free, online software inspector to scan your PC for the most common programs and vulnerabilities: http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/