Windows Security

Windows Security

One of the biggest threats to Windows computers is malware. It can disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information or gain unauthorized access to computer systems. The complexity of computer technology and the nature of Internet make malware easy to exist and spread around very quickly. Therefore, it is very important to protect your system from malware. By protecting your computer, you are not just protecting your system, but also protecting systems within and outside of the network.

Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) is the standard malware protection software used at TRIUMF for Windows Desktop and Laptop computers.  The functions of the SEP is to keep the Windows desktop\laptops\servers 's malware definition update to date, to create an alert when a threat is detected, and to allow for fast and easy analysis and removal.  Each individual Windows computer is required to install the SEP client for minimal protection. Please click here to request a SEP license.

Securing Windows PC involves multi-disciplines. Using malware protection software is just one of them and it is not sufficient to protect your systems completely from other type of threats. Please also follow the guideline below when using your Windows machines. 

  • Make sure your Windows OS and applications always has the latest security updates installed.

  • Do not open attachments unless you are expecting a specific file from the sender.

  • Do not install unnecessary software on your PC.

  • Do not install so-called "Windows Fixes" software. There are notorious for imbedding spyware.

  • Be cautious and exercise common sense when browsing the internet or viewing email.

  • Do not run Windows as administrator or with administrator's privileges except to install software or perform tasks that must urn as admin.

  • Use reasonable complex password for various user accounts and change them in a regular basis if possible.

  • Make sure your Windows Firewall is on all the time.

  • Lock or logoff your Windows sessions when you leave the PC for extended periods.