Students’ computers represent an investment of both time and money. To protect this important investment, remind your student to:
- Avoid spending too much on a computer with lots of software pre-installed beyond the operating system. Remember, Microsoft Office (R) and antivirus software can be downloaded at no cost from www.its.virginia.edu/software.
- Pay attention to their online security: Choose strong passwords and be vigilant against spam and phishing emails. Learn more at www.virginia.edu/informationsecurity/tips.
- Install software and operating system updates right away, whenever they are auto-downloaded.
- Use a power surge protector with a circuit breaker for all computing equipment.
Protect yourself from data loss by backing up important files to the cloud using UVA Box, the University’s free online file storage and collaboration service.
Download Alertus, the University’s emergency notification software, to receive pop-up computer alerts from public safety personnel in case of severe weather or other emergencies from www.its.virginia.edu/software.