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System patching

Any computer, Mac or PC, connected to the internet is vulnerable to viruses, spyware and hacking attacks. University owned and managed computers should have these security settings and protection as standard. However, if you have a computer/laptop at home or in halls, you'll also need to implement these security measures. It is a lot easier (and much less technical) to protect your computer than you think.

Operating system (OS) - does all the background things to make your computer work e.g. Vista, Windows 7 & 10 or Mac OS X. The OS is only as secure as the day it was written and there are lots of hackers and viruses that take advantage of out of date operating systems, so you must get regular updates.

Check that Windows updates are turned on:

  • Click the “Start” button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.
  • In the left pane, click Check for updates, and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
  • If you see a message telling you that important updates are available, or telling you to review important updates, click the message to view and select the important updates to install.
  • In the list, click the important updates for more information. Select the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click OK.
  • Click Install updates.

Check that Mac updates are turned on:

  • Versions prior to Mountain Lion: Apple Menu > Software Update
  • Mountain Lion (and later versions): Apple Menu > System Preferences > App Store