Hackers and cyber evil-doers target individual computers to use as entry points to the university network.  A compromised network puts all of MSU's research and the personal identification information of faculty, staff, students at risk.

Keeping your computer safe is the first line of defense to protect all of us!


Follow these steps to keep your computer safe:


How to update your operating system

When your computer displays an alert box telling you an update is available (such as this icon Windows Update service icon for Windows 7), click and update immediately, restarting your computer when instructed.

For more information on how to update specific operating systems, use the following links:

How to update your applications

Update applications (programs) immediately when prompted and check for updates monthly if not prompted. Every program is different but generally applications will notify you of any available updates when opened or have a "Check for updates" link listed in the Help menu.

Be aware that some malware (bad programs) display fake prompts to trick you.  If in doubt call the UIT Service Desk (994-1777) to check before you click.

Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 users can use the built-in Windows Update service to look for all Microsoft application updates such as Office, as well as for driver and system updates.

Hint: Set up a recurring appointment in your calendar to remind yourself to update your programs!


How to enable your personal firewall

For Windows and Macs, go into the computer help system and search on "firewall" for step-by-step instructions.

NOTE for Windows Users:If the firewall settings are grayed out it means that you are on a Windows domain and the firewall is configured and maintained for you by the system administrators.

Please contact the UIT Service Desk (994-1777) for additional assistance on enabling Windows or Mac firewalls.

For assistance with Linux go to the website for the version you are running for more information.


Antivirus for Personally Owned Computers

UIT no longer offers Antivirus for Personally Owned Computers. 

For Windows users, a consideration may be Windows Defender.

For Mac users, a consideration may be Avast Security.

Your particular need may vary, so please ensure you have researched this thoroughly before installing any Antivirus.

Information on these services can be found below.

Please note you should contact the vendor's customer support team for help with installation or technical support for these services. 



If further assistance is required, please contact the UIT Service Desk.