Protect Your Computer

There are many ways to protect your computer from malicious software and other unwanted attacks. We have provided the links below as an informational tool to help you lower the risk of an attack on your computer. Each link has more information on the subtopics listed.

Encryption is the process of obscuring information to make it unreadable without special knowledge. You can find a more in-depth description of encryption and cryptography. You can use encryption with your data at UMD.

Firewalls protect against threats from the Internet. Many operating systems provide personal firewalls included in the operating system. You can learn more about firewalls at Wikipedia and how to incorporate firewalls onto your computer.

Passwords are important to securing any computer regardless of the operating system. We have created a page to help you with securing your machine with passwords.

Virus Protection is needed against malicious programs that are installed without your knowledge. Learn more about viruses and malware, and how you can protect your computer.

How to Update Your Operating System with Linux, Mac, or Windows.

The Federal Government provides a site sponsored by several U.S. Departments that outline ways you can protect your computer at