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Information and Alerts

We would strongly recommend turning on the Windows Update feature.  Call our Support Desk at 974-6288 for help if needed.  

Current Alerts

2009 National Cyber Security Awareness Month
The ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) seeks to raise cybersecurity awareness through numerous events and activities during the month of October. Please visit for more information on how you can participate in National Cyber Security Awareness Month activities.


Symantec Endpoint Protection

It is USF Health policy that all computers attaching to our network have virus scanning software installed, running, and up-to-date.  The University provides a site license that covers all USF computers as well as personally owned home equipment belonging to faculty, staff, or students.

Click Here to Download Symantec Endpoint Protection

Windows Update

It is vital to keep up with current patches for Windows to avoid many of the latest worms and viruses.  Follow these quick steps to set it to check for updates automatically in the future, then click on the link below to get your computer up to date now. 

1. Go to the Automatic Updates dialog box.  For Windows XP, Click Start; right-click on My Computer; choose Properties; then Automatic Updates.  For Windows 2000, click Start and go to the Control Panel.  Double-click on the Automatic Updates icon.  If you aren't sure what version of Windows you have, right-click on My Computer and choose Properties and your version will be displayed in the General tab. 

2. In the Automatic Updates dialog box, put a checkmark in "Keep my computer up to date."  Then click the middle setting, "Download the updates automatically and notify me to install them."  Click Apply and OK. 

3. From now on, whenever there are new updates you will see a small balloon in your lower screen alerting you to install them; click on the balloon to be walked through it.  When you see this alert, you must click to install them or your computer will not be up to date. 

Click Here to Run Windows Update Now

Information Resource Links

Symantec Security Response Page

Secunia security alerts

US Computer Emergency Response Team (US CERT)