Safe Computing

A variety of threats to a wide range of computing devices from client computers to mobile devices (smart phones, iPads, etc.) to servers are increasing in both number and complexity. Viruses are no longer alone, but have been joined by worms, trojans, adware, and spyware, as well as the growing nuisance of spam. Personal responsibility for protecting your computer and files has increased along with these threats. Please review the following information (and the threat specific pages linked in the left menu) to learn safe computing practices and how to remove these threats.

Virus Protection and Prevention

Viruses and worms can be spread via disks, CDs, USB drives, network shares, email, instant messaging, web pages, and downloads. To reduce the potentially devastating impact of viruses, Hampshire College requires the installation of active and up-to-date anti-virus software on all student, faculty, and staff computers that use the College's network. Users who do not have active, up-to-date anti-virus software may be restricted from accessing resources on the network.


Unsolicited commercial email, commonly referred to as "spam," has been a big problem for many users. From having to wade through dozens of junk messages to receiving emails with embarrassing content, spam is a headache.

Popup Ads and Windows

Few things can slow down Internet surfing more than pop-up ad pages. These days, browsers have settings that block pop-up ads. These settings tend to be turned on by default, but if you suspect that they're not, try combing the Perferences (Mac) or Options (Windows).


Phishing is a type of internet scam that uses email in an attempt to trick recipients into giving up their personal financial information.

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