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University Technology Services recognizes the need to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of institutional information technology resources and works to comply with obligations from a number of sources, including federal and state laws and regulations, contractual obligations, and the ethical commitment to protect privacy of data entrusted to the university.

Quick Steps

Quick steps to protect your desktop, laptop and other mobile devices:

  1. Do not click on links in email from unknown sources.
  2. Make backup copies of your critical data.
  3. Use a hard to guess password, do not share the password and change it periodically. Oakland University and University Technology Services will never send you an email asking you for your password; do not respond to emails that ask for passwords.
  4. Make sure your software is up-to-date: install patches, firewall protection and anti-virus updates.
  5. Keep unattended devices (desktop computers, laptop computers, smart phones and other equipment) in locked drawers and in locked offices.

Protect yOUrself!

Protect yOUrself! from phishing scams! Take a moment to review the materials prepared in partnership with University Human Resources: Protect yOUrself!


University employees should contact their designated information technology support staff members if they are using an Oakland University owned computer that is not currently running Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). Symantec Endpoint Protection installs are available for free for campus computers. Please go to your Start menu-->Programs-->Symantec Endpoint Protection. If you have the program, please open it and look at your Virus Definition File Date (located on the lower right hand corner). The date should be within this month, if not, please contact your designated information technology support area.

Students and faculty using campus network resources with personal laptops are strongly encouraged to install and maintain security protections such as personal firewalls and anti-virus software.

Virus Hoaxes

Some viruses are not viruses at all — they are merely hoaxes circulated usually by e-mail. Before you report a virus or warn friends about it, you should make sure it is not a hoax, otherwise you are only serving to perpuate the hoax! McAfee and Symantec both keep comprehensive lists of virus hoaxes at the following sites:

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