How to enable a firewall on Windows and Mac OS X?
Description: To protect the campus network from the spread of viruses and malware, we require all computers to have a firewall installed, enabled and configured to block malicious traffic. A firewall provides a layer of protection between your computer and the internet. It serves as a barrier and can help defend against someone attempting to access […]
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Update Your Software Regularly
Description: As a best practice the University recommends that you keep your software up to date on a regular basis.  This software includes, Operating Systems, Web Browsers, and Web applications/ web browser plug-ins.  Leaving these unattended can leave them open to attacks and breach in sensitive information. How to update you operating system: Windows Turn on […]
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iPad Hardening Procedure
Description: The objective of this hardening procedure is to restrict the iPad to a single use device.  Please note that completing the steps outlined in this document will minimize the functionality of your iPad. Enable passcode lock Setting a passcode/password on your device enables data encryption.  Encrypting your device will prevent someone from accessing the data […]
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Computer Compromises
Description: What does “compromised” mean? “Compromised” is a nice way of saying that someone or something has maliciously broken into your computer without your knowledge or permission. It means that you can not trust the integrity of any file on your computer (including program files, image files, operating system files, etc.). You can not find out […]
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Sensitive Information (Onyen Restricted)
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ClamX Antivirus
Description: The University’s ITS Security has released the new Antivirus Software for Mac OS X users. The software is called ClamX Antivirus. The software is an open source application that will scan your system similar to Symantec Antivirus used by the University. A version of the ClamX Antivirus can be downloaded from The University Shareware Site by clicking here. […]
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Best Practices for Instant Messaging
Description: Do not click on links to files stored on a website Links sent by friends Do not assume that because a friend sent you a link to a website or file, the link is harmless. The link could point to malicious content. Your friend’s computer may be compromised and a malicious program could be using […]
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How to Disable Windows Autorun
Description: How to Disable Windows Autorun Background Windows operating systems have two similar features called autorun and autoplay. Autorun first appeared as a feature in Windows 95. When you insert removable media (such as a CD) in your computer, the autorun feature automatically runs a program on the removable media. Autoplay appears with Windows XP and […]
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Best Practices for Peer to Peer Computing
Description: SAVE OUR BANDWITH “Unlimited” sharing of files makes the network slow for everyone! Allowing others to GET copyrighted files from your machine (uploading) is illegal! Downloading may or may not be a problem – it depends on whether you own copyright rights to the file. Turn your file sharing program – or your computer – […]
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Basic Security FAQs
Description: Why do I need to think about security? By most standards, our campus sees very little crime, and so we don’t often think of UNC-Chapel Hill as a terribly “unsafe” place. Yet crime happens here once every second, every day out of the year. We never read about computer crimes in the police roundup of […]
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