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Proper computing and information security often contains three important software products critical to computer security: anti-virus, spyware detection and remediation, and a firewall. UW-Madison's DoIT offers various options for security software free to UW students and employees with a valid NetID and password.
While other brands of anti-virus can be used, these products are free and supported by the DoIT Help Desk. If a question arises while installing or using the software, there will be someone available to help.
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Everyone connecting to the campus network should have up-to-date antivirus software and operating system security updates. Symantec AntiVirus software is free, and includes free updates for as long as there is an affiliation with the university. Up-to-date antivirus software must be run on all computers connecting to the campus network.
The Symantec anti-virus software products are available for download to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff with a valid NetID and password. If an anti-virus software is already installed, make sure it is current. Uninstall the anti-virus software that came on the computer before installing the Symantec software provided by DoIT.
Firewall / Virtual Private Network (VPN)
A firewall program runs directly on the desktop computer and protects it against attacks by controlling incoming and outgoing network traffic. Both Windows and Mac OS X have built-in firewall features. See WiscVPN.
UW-Madison has hundreds of different computing environments, including departments, schools, business units and end-user desktops, that use the University network. The Office of Campus Information Security offers a variety of tools and "best practices" to help each of these environments and their users to stay secure.