software crucial for students
Anti-Virus software is now free for all TCU students.
Students may be able to say goodbye to annoying viruses and worms
on their computers with free downloads of Norton Anti-Virus.
On- and off-campus students will be provided with the licensed software,
said Dave Edmondson, assistant provost of Information Services. On-campus
students are required to install the package and are advised to stay
current with updates to ensure stability and high performance to the
network, he said.
CERT Coordination Center, a security organization that tracks computer
security issues, reported a rise of more than 62,000 in the number
of security incidents since 2001 and the number is still rising.
The entire project was funded from the Information Services budget,
Students will be given a few weeks to download the updates, Edmondson
said. After that, if students havent taken the right precautions,
their network privileges will be suspended.
Starting this semester, computers found to be infected will not be
allowed to connect to the network, Edmondson said. TCU will be running
software to ensure students have downloaded the necessary updates
and to check for infected computers. Though TCU will be sorting through
the network, they wont be looking through personal files, Edmondson
Allie Millard, a resident assistant in Wiggins Hall, said anything
free for students is always great.
However, some residents have been having problems because they
didnt know they needed to uninstall the virus systems they already
had, she said.
Students may download the anti-virus software from my.tcu.edu. Students
who use Macintosh computers or those who are having problems downloading
the updates, can get an installation CD in the resident halls.
The Computer Help Desk has provided more information to all students
on their Web site, (www.is.tcu.edu/helpdesk/resnet/nav/).