All computers connected to the St. Olaf network must have anti-virus software protection with a current update subscription. IIT recommends Microsoft Security Essentials.
You also need to have anti-malware software. IIT recommends Malwarebytes.
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Your computer also needs to have up-to-date security patches applied. This is particularly true of Windows-based computers as many viruses use security flaws to infect your computer and spread to others.
The campus software standard for word processing, spreadsheets, etc., is the Microsoft Office suite of software, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access (Access is available only on PCs). Public lab Windows XP computers run Office 2003, while Windows 7 computers run 2010. Public Macintosh computers run Office 2008. If you are purchasing software for your computer and wish to be consistent or compatible with software available at St. Olaf, IIT recommends buying one of the above suites. The St. Olaf Bookstore offers software at educational discounts.