Protect Your Home Computer's Operating System

The protection of all home computers that have access to the University of Western Ontario network is the responsibility of the individual accessing the network.

You must ensure that your home computer system:

  1. Does not provide any unauthorized access point into the University network;
  2. Does not spread any virus infection to the University network;
  3. Does not compromise the network or any data on the University network in any way.

Protecting the Device

As technologies advance, computers, phones, tablets, laptops etc. are becoming more and more common. All these devices are capable of storing and processing large amounts of information. Once a unprotected device is lost or stolen there is little that can be done to retrieve or protect the data stored locally.

Listed here are some best practices to secure your device:

  • Use a firewall, either hardware or software;
  • Use updated antivirus software;
  • Keep up-to-date with patches and updates;
  • Protect against spyware;
  • Have secure passwords;
  • Use uwosecure-v2 wireless on-campus;
  • Use Western ROAMS at home.

Detailed information on each of these items can be found on this site.


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