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#241 Prepare Your Laptop For The Fall Semester

August 19, 2014

Before the semester begins, it’s important to make sure your laptop is secure and up to date by configuring automatic software updates and installing antivirus software (which the University provides).  Here are our recommendations on how to configure your laptop so you are ready for this semester.


ITS suggests 6 easy steps to get both Windows and Mac laptops secure and up to date.  Please use one of the following links for instructions on how to configure your laptop:

The University also provides free antivirus software.  Please follow this link for instructions and download links*.

*NOTE: You must log in with your PennKey to download the software.


For a full list of software supported by the University, please see this page which contains links for download or purchase.

And if you haven’t purchased a laptop yet, please see our Laptop Recommendations guide on ITS Online.


If you have any questions or concerns about preparing your laptop for this fall semester, please email

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