Secure your personal computer

What's covered

  • Always use (and keep up to date) anti-virus software (for personal/home).
  • Always use a quality software 'firewall' to prevent spying on or hacking of your computer (for personal/home).
  • It is advisable to use anti-spam software to filter out unsolicited bulk or offensive email (for personal/home)
  • You can install content filtering software to prevent access to certain sites (for personal/home)
  • Always apply software patches (for bugs or security loopholes) quickly.
  • Ensure the physical security of your computer - especially lap-tops, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and mobile phones.


The University provides day to day security for work computers, which requires minimal user intervention, but it is the responsibility of individuals to ensure that their own private equipment has adequate security provision.

Private computers should have software 'firewalls' and be up to date with both security patches for any programs/applications they run and have anti-virus software. Anti-virus software is available free from the University and security patches and software updates can be set to automatically update from the respective websites.

Additional controls such as anti-spyware and anti-spam software should also be considered for added protection.