Information Technology

Scan Your Computer

All the recent Java exploits are a good reason to remind you to frequently scan your computer and browser for security problems and out-of-date software!

Scan Your Computer / Browser


Safe Computing Tips

Following are a few important tips for keeping your use of computers safe and productive.

  1. Back up your computer and keep important files backed up daily.
  2. Frequently scan your browser and PC for updates using the link above.
  3. Think before you click! Clicking OK to a software installation and entering your password gives the software/web site access to your computer.
  4. Do not install more software than you need, and only after you have verified that it is safe.
  5. Password protect your computer and protect your password. Learn more about managing your UMass Boston password.
  6. Learn to avoid phishing scams.
  7. Turn on your computer's firewall and set your computer to automatically update itself.
  8. Install anti-virus/anti-spyware software:

    Employees using PCs on the UMass Boston network should install McAfee ViruScan and EPO.

    Everyone else (including employees wishing to protect home PCs) should install one of several good free anti-virus programs.

For more, see our Safe Computing handout.

About this service

In an agreement that the University of Massachusetts Boston has with the Qualys Corporation, a leader in PC scanning software, the university can now scan your PC for out-of-date software and system patches.

This browser check works on both Macintosh and Windows machines and will scan your PC for updates any installed software you have.

Note: This tool does not make changes to your computer, but recommends that you update any out of date software and provides links when they are available.