Computer Security Precautions Required at Ohio State

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All computer users need to observe basic security precautions when their computer is connected to the Internet. Whenever your computer is on and connected to the Internet, it is possible for an intruder to access personal documents on your computer and steal your account and password information for other systems or for ID theft purposes. The intruder can also use your computer to break into other computers, send out unsolicited mass e-mail, and spread viruses.

If your computer is on a campus network and is affected, its Internet use may need to be blocked until the computer is cleaned or rebuilt. If your home computer is affected, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may block your Internet connectivity until similar measures are taken.

Safeguarding individual computers and information is challenging in any environment. There are several guides and safeguards to assist members of the Ohio State community in this process. The Office of the CIO provides a Safe Computing web site with an overall view of the requirements to keep your computer healthy at

A special guide has been created for Windows XP users which will help explain in detail some steps necessary to make your computer more secure. This guide should be followed when setting up your home or residence hall machine, as well as any Windows XP machines which are used on or brought onto the Ohio State campus - see the Windows XP Security FAQ at

Windows XP users should also install Service Pack 2, now available for free either from the Site License Software page at or from Microsoft at

Before you install SP2, we recommend you read both information from Microsoft about XP SP2 available at and the OIT Technology Support Center information at

For more information, contact the OIT Technology Support Center by e-mail at or by phone at 688-HELP. Telephone hours of operation are available at

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