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Centenary IT is not responsible for lost data on college issued laptops or on personal computers.  Make sure to regularly back up your important data.

Back up your data!

Centenary's Data Policy

  • Centenary IT is not responsible for lost data on college issued laptops or on personal computers.
  • Centenary laptops will be re-imaged if they have a virus.
  • Re-imaging your laptop will reset it back to its original state.
  • You will lose all your documents and any programs you've downloaded.

Back up options

  • Set up a cloud account online.  Some available options include:
    • Dropbox.com.  Free cloud-based storage site for all your photos, documents, videos, and files.
    • Google Drive.  Anyone with a gmail account should already have access.
    • Microsoft's Skydrive. For example, any hotmail.com, live.com, or msn.com email accounts should already have access.
    • Amazon cloud drive.  Any amazon account should already have access.
  • Use a USB drive
  • Use an external hard drive
  • Burn a CD
  • Email it to yourself

Warning:  While backing up your data is important, there is a chance you will back up a virus.  Be sure to scan your documents for viruses before you use them

Viruses and Spyware

Avoid Getting Infected

  • Be careful what websites you are visiting, or what links you click.  Even Google can serve up some bad links.
  • Don't download music or videos illegally.
  • Don't use p2p or torrent programs.
  • Run an antivirus scan at least once each month.
  • Be careful when installing programs you've downloaded, or when running updates to installed programs.  Many programs (such as Skype) will try to install extra software with it.
  • Avoid installing web browser toolbars. If you have web browser toolbars, they can usually be removed without uninstalling the program they came with.

How to Remove Viruses and Spyware:

  • Download, Install, Update, and Run a spyware removal tool around once a month. Some options include:
    • Malwarebytes
      • Is a user-friendly and effective tool against spyware.
      • It is free to download from Malwarebytes.org.
    • Spybot - Search and Destroy
      • Is a powerful tool to fight against spyware.
      • It is free to download from Spybot.com.
  • Run your antivirus.  It will give you the option to clean, delete, or quarantine infected files.
    • Centenary Laptops come with Sophos Antivirus.
    • If you don't have an antivirus program for your personal computer, Microsoft Security Essentials is free and does a great job!
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