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All students, staff and faculty are urged to take control by proactively ensuring that their computers are protected from security dangers such as viruses, worms, spyware, intrusions, and other system vulnerabilities.

Penn State has a web site that helps users understand how to protect their privacy and their computer. Take 5 steps to secure your computer by reviewing http://its.psu.edu/takecontrol/

Other safe computing links:

Alerts: notices about viruses, worms, security patches, and service changes. See the sidebar on the right side of the page.

Virus Protection: continuously updated alerts, information, and free software.

Use Technology Wisely: guidance and tips on staying out of trouble.

Penn State Anywhere, a VPN (Virtual Private Network) Service: a secure encrypted network connection.

Precautions for Selling, Trading, or Sending a Computer to Salvage or to a Repair Shop: tips on transferring or disposing of computers and media.

Policies, guidelines, and laws: Individuals are expected to exercise responsible, ethical behavior when using the University's computers, information, networks or resources, and are expected to abide by University policies and local, state, and federal laws.

If you think your computer is infected with a worm, virus or spyware, please feel free to contact the IT Support Center staff for help.