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Required Security Measures for Your Computer

August 17, 2004 :: David Millar, Information Security Officer

The University is requiring the adoption of several security measures designed to protect computers and data, and prevent the spread of malicious viruses and worms to Internet users at Penn:

  1. Installing virus software configured for regular updates (daily for Windows, weekly for Macintosh).
  2. Applying security patches to your operating system promptly.
  3. Assigning a strong administrative password to your computer (Windows XP & 2000, Macintosh OS X).
  4. Activating your system’s firewall (Windows XP & Macintosh OS X) – subject to your Local Support Provider’s recommendation concerning firewalls.

General information about these and other security measures can be found at College House residents should see for information tailored to their situation. Similarly, students living off-campus and residents of Sansom East and West and the Greek Houses should see

If you have questions, please contact your Local Support Provider (LSP) or Information Technology Advisor (ITA) ( ), who can advise you on specifics pertaining to your environment. Faculty and staff should note that many departments across campus already have effective strategies in place to meet these security requirements.

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