Protecting your personal computer


Personal computers need to be protected from both physical and software threats. To protect against theft, we recommend students use a computer cable lock to secure their laptops to a table or desk if they're not in your possession.

For software related threats, EITS has put together a list of helpful resources you can use to protect your computer. Students should have a good antivirus program as well as a antimalware program at minimum.   

Antivirus programs range in scope and price, and many of the free programs provide the necessary protection and don't impact computer performance. While we don't endorse any specific program, below are some free options to consider.

(Windows 10 includes built-in anti-virus protection with Windows Defender)

AVG Free

AVAST Essentials Free 

Malwarebytes (Note this should be used in addition to antivirus software)

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and there are other good options. These are just a few that have been used and highly rated and tested over the years. Many of the free editions also offer a paid edition that includes additional functionality like a firewall, data encryption, etc.


  • Last Updated Sep 07, 2023
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  • Answered By Tom Jones

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