Updating your Operating System
Keep your operating system (OS) up to date. It is very important (and a requirement of the Saint Mary's Technology Use Policy) that you install all new patches that fix critical vulnerabilities in your OS as soon as they are available, especially if you are running MS Windows. The time between the publication of a vulnerability and the launch of a virus or worm to take advantage of it is shrinking every day. It is not difficult to keep your OS up-to-date, your Windows computer can be scanned and patched automatically by the Microsoft website. You can also set up your computer to download patches automatically. Please contact the Service Desk at (925)631-4266 for further information. Patches will usually need to be installed at least monthly.