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ResNet Network Safety

Safety Recommendations

Install Antivirus Software

Computer viruses and malware can disrupt your computer in a variety of different ways, from silently stealing your personal information, to irreversibly destroying your files. They are most frequently transmitted through misleading websites, email attachments, instant messages, and peer-to-peer downloads. To guard against the spread of viruses and malware at Humboldt, ResNet requires that all connected computers have antivirus installed and running at all times.

Antivirus Software

$FREE AVG <- ResNet Recommended

Publisher's Description: AVG FREE Anti-Virus provides comprehensive antivirus protection for personal computers. The unique combination of detection methods (heuristic analysis, generic detection, scanning and integrity checking) ensures that your computer receives the maximum protection possible on multiple levels (Resident Shield, Email Scanner plugins, Personal Email Scanner, On-Demand and other tests, etc.)

$FREE Avast Free Antivirus

Publisher's Description: We're the most trusted name in the antivirus industry, actively protecting more than 219 million people around the world. We've been protecting devices and data for over 25 years, in over 40 languages, on every populated continent.

$FREE Microsoft Security Essentials

Publisher's Description: Microsoft Security Essentials is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware, including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information. Continuous protection improves Internet browsing safety by guarding more than 50 ways spyware can enter your PC. Participants in the worldwide SpyNet community play a key role in determining which suspicious programs are classified as spyware. Microsoft researchers quickly develop methods to counteract these threats, and updates are automatically downloaded to your PC so you stay up to date.

Spyware Removal

$FREE Malwarebytes

Publisher's Description: Advanced Malware Detection and Removal of Viruses, Worms, Trojans, Rootkits, Dialers and Spyware

Backup your work

Backing up your data can be critical to your success at Cal Poly Humboldt. We recommend that you regularly backup all of your work to a USB flash drive. Alternatively, GoogleMicrosoft, and Apple each offer file sync solutions that can automatically copy files between devices as well as store a backup of your work online. These services are free and offer 5GB - 7GB of storage. ResNet recommends Google drive because it is compatible with your Humboldt email address. Paid services, such as CrashPlan and Carbonite, will backup your entire computer online and offer more advanced features.

Set up Automatic Updates

Keeping your computer and web browser up-to-date not only gives you access to the latest features, it also provides increased security and peace of mind. Whether you're using a PC or Mac make sure your operating system and web browser are setup to download and install updates automatically.

The following links can help you setup automatic updates:

Don't Steal

The University takes copyright protection very seriously and is obligated to comply with federal laws governing copyright, namely the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Many scholars and artists rely on such regulations to protect their intellectual property.

Peer-to-peer file sharing applications are commonly used to share copyrighted material such as music, movies, software, and games. If you share copyrighted material without permission, you are breaking the law and could be subject to legal consequences. While ResNet does not monitor the content of residents' uploads and downloads, the entertainment industry actively looks for users who engage in the unlawful sharing of copyrighted material.

ResNet wants you to have an enjoyable and worry-free experience on the Internet. We're on your side! Please use legal alternatives to illegal downloading and do not violate copyright laws. There are many services to choose from, including NetflixHuluPandora, or