Security on the Network and Internet

Revised June 2020

General information about how your data is protected at HCC:

  • HCC computers and servers are patched and protected as antivirus software is released.
  • The college has established and tested security configurations for all of our campus computers.
  • The college has implemented firewall defenses at several levels, thus creating several independent layers of protection.
  • All college computers are protected from variations of viruses and any computer that fails to pass antivirus scans is isolated on the network.
  • College employees undergo mandatory information security training.

All sensitive college data is protected and periodic security audits are performed by outside consultants to insure that we are protecting data in conformance with various federal and state laws.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to help protect your computer at home:

  • Patch your operating system

Download and install all available patches and service packs related to your Operating System.
  • Install anti-virus software

There is no doubt that an unprotected computer will become infected by viruses and malware within minutes of first being connected to the internet. There are many free versions of anti-virus software available and the programs that have a well justified reputation are listed below.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (
Similarly, this program scans files on access, on demand, and on schedule. Scans email; incoming and outgoing. For those on Vista, your in luck, it’s Vista-ready.

avast! Home Edition (
This anti virus app is a real fighter, scanning files on demand and on access, including email attachments. Let’s you know when it detects mal-ware through its shield function. An important feature is a boot-time scan option which removes mal-ware that can’t be remove any other way.

  • Install Anti-Spyware and Adware Software

Malwarebytes (
Malwarebytes has a free version of anti-malware software for Windows, Android, and IOS that finds removes malware.

All you need to know about phishing, and how to protect yourself from a phishing attack.

Additional security precautions:

Establish a password for the administrator account. Only you should have access to the administrator settings on your computer. Only use the administrator account when installing patches and software that require administrator access.

Create a new password protected user account. Using this account for your general day-to-day activities adds another layer of protection to your computer. A user account does not have the same all-access permissions as your administrator account, and in many cases this extra layer of protection will restrict malware from gaining a foothold on your PC.

Good luck and safe surfing.