Secure Your PC
Make sure your operating system is up-to-date.
While most operating systems automatically run updates for both PC and Apple products, it's always a good idea to weekly go to Windows Updates or Apple Software Update to make sure your machine has all needed patches. This will ensure your machine will be fully protected and operating at full effectiveness.
Install and update an antivirus product.
For Apple machines, typically an antivirus is not required. For PC machines, the recommended products are Microsoft Security Essentials or BitDefender. Both are free products and have a small footprint on the machine, so CPU usage will remain at a minimum for either product. Just as with operating system updates, antivirus updates should be run weekly.
Back up your data.
Washington and Lee University provides each student with 1GB of network storage space. This space is backed up nightly so in case of data loss or corruption, a back-up can be retrieved quickly. USB and external hard drives are a better back-up than nothing at all, but with their size, they are often lost making backup very difficult. Cloud-based backup solutions are also very effective.