About Macon State
1 - You must ensure antivirus software is installed and configured to auto-update virus definitions
Antivirus software by major commercial vendors is recommended. Good examples are Symantec at http://www.symantec.com and Mcafee at http://www.mcafee.com. In addition, there are several providers of freeware anti-virus software:
2 - You must ensure all critical security updates are routinely applied
Manually update your computer with all available critical security updates
Go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and do the following:
Some updates must be installed separately. Repeat this procedure until no more updates are available.
Configure the computer to automatically download the updates and install them (recommended) OR download the updates automatically and notify the user:
3 – You must disable peer to peer file sharing
Default configurations of peer-to-peer file-sharing applications typically enable access to files on the users’ PC. This must be disabled.
Instructions for disabling this feature can be found at http://security.uchicago.edu/peer-to-peer/no_fileshare.shtml
4 – You should protect the computer from spy-ware
Spy-ware programs are programs that secretly monitor a users actions. They may be used for marketing purposes such as pop-ups or may have malicious intent such as secretly controlling a person’s computer or gathering passwords and other information.
Spy-ware programs are often bundled with freeware programs or installed via the web browser using scripting. They may require user consent of “targeted advertising” in order to use a program, but are often installed secretly.
5 – You should enable a software firewall