Security Updates and Your Computer

Every operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac OS) has flaws. These flaws are exploited by hackers who can compromise not only the attacked computer, but every computer connected to it. To repair security vulnerabilities and other problems, it is important to keep your operating system patched and updated. Virus protection alone will not ensure that your computer is secure. Keeping current with updates helps to ensure the integrity, confidentiality and security of electronic information on your computer and on the network.

All computers connected to the School of Law network should be updated on a regular schedule.

Windows Security Updates

You can ensure that your home computer is protected by activating the automated security updates in the Windows System and Security Center.
Get there by clicking on Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security.
The Security Center will then check to make sure you have an up-to-date software firewall, an up-to-date antivirus program, and automatic updates set to download and install updates automatically.

Non-Windows Operating Systems

Macintosh (OS X) users may request updates at any time or schedule their Mac OS X to check for updates using the automatic Software Update feature from System Preferences.

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Fedora, visit the RHEL or Fedora Web sites.

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