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Windows Computer Certification

Overview

Before connecting to our network, we need you to certify that your personal computer is protected against malicious viruses and spyware. It is critical that you take the steps below to protect your data and privacy. Certification helps protect the Law School network and systems from viruses and security breaches.

Certification Steps

  1. Install Symantec Endpoint Protection
  2. Confirm Windows Firewall is Enabled
  3. Verify Windows Updates Install Automatically
  4. Verify Windows is Fully Patched
  5. Set a Strong Password for All Accounts
  6. Use a Restricted User Account  

Install Symantec Endpoint Protection

Verify that your computer has Symantec Endpoint Protection installed and that your virus definitions are up to date.

Note: You will need to uninstall any current antivirus program before installing this new version.  

Confirm Windows Firewall is Enabled

Verify that your computer has Windows Firewall activated. If you have a third party firewall application installed, you will need to disable it.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Windows Firewall.
  3. Confirm that Windows Firewall is set to On.
  4. Click OK (If you cannot find Windows Firewall as an option, please click Switch to Classic View option).

Verify Windows Updates Install Automatically

Verify your computer is set to install Windows Updates automatically.

  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.
  2. In the left pane, click Change settings.
  3. Under Important updates, choose the option that you want.
  4. Under Recommended updates, select the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates check box, and then click OK. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Verify Windows is Fully Patched

Verify your computer is fully patched.

  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Update, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Update.
  2. In the left pane, click Check for updates  and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
  3. If any updates are found, click Install updates.

Set a Strong Password for All Accounts

Set a strong password. Make sure you choose a strong password for every user account, including the Administrator account.

  • In Windows 8
    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings).
    2. Click Accounts.
    3. Click Sign-in options.
    4. Click Change your password and follow the instructions.
  • In Windows 7 and Vista
    1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then click Change a password.
    2. Type your old password, type your new password, type your new password again to confirm it, and then press Enter.

Use a Restricted User Account

Use a restricted user account. Most home computers are more susceptible to viruses and spyware because users log in with an account that has Administrator access. It is important to change your default login to have ‘limited’ access and create a new account with Administrator access for installing new software and changing system settings.

To create a new account:

  • In Windows 8
    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings).
    2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Other accounts.
    3. Tap or click Add an account, and then tap or click Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended).
    4. Tap or click Local account.
    5. Enter a user name for the new account.
    6. If you want this person to sign in with a password, enter and verify the password, add a password hint, and then tap or click Next.
    7. Click Finish.
  • In Windows 7:
    1. While still in the User Accounts, click Manage User Accounts link.
    2. Now click the account name you normally use.
    3. Click on the Properties button.
    4. Choose the Group Membership tab.
    5. Change your selection to Standard User.
    6. Click Apply.
  • In Vista:
    1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety, and then clicking User Accounts.
    2. Click Manage another account. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    3. Click Create a new account.
    4. Type the name you want to give the user account, click an account type, and then click Create Account.

To change the access level of your default login:

  • In Windows 8
    1. From the Start screen, click the Desktop tile.
    2. Once on the desktop window, hover the mouse to the top right or bottom right corner of the screen.
    3. From the displayed Charms bar, click Settings.
    4. From the options pane that appears in the right, click Control Panel.
    5. On the Control Panel window, click Change account type option under the User Accounts and Family Safety category.
    6. On the Manage Accounts window, click to select the user account whose type is to be changed.
    7. On the Change an Account window of the selected user account, click the Change the account type option from the left.
    8. On the opened Change Account Type window, click to select the Standard or Administrator radio button as desired.
    9. Once this is done, click the Change Account Type button to save the changes.
  • In Windows 7
    1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking User Accounts, and then clicking Manage another account. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    2. Click the account you want to change, and then click Change the account type.
    3. Select the account type you want, and then click Change Account Type.
  • In Windows Vista
    1. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety, clicking User Accounts, and then clicking Manage Another Account (If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation).
    2. Click the account you want to change, and then click Change the account type.
    3. Select the account type you want, and then click Change Account Type.

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