CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing
CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing

WINDOWS AND MACINTOSH SECURITY LAB


Part 1: Learn how to secure both Macintosh and Windows computers.

Today it is vitally important to know how to secure your personal computer.  Cyber criminals are numerous and their ability to infiltrate your computer grows everyday.   They are constantly devising new ways to hijack your computer and capture your personal information.  Contrary to popular belief, you are not safe with anti-virus software alone. Your computer needs multiple layers of security.  In today's lab you will learn how to make your computer much more secure with no out of pocket expense.

Different types of computers have different ways they must be secured.  Below are links to directions on how to secure different types of computers.  To figure out which directions are relevant to you first you must determine the version of operating system your computer is running.

To find out what version of the Windows 7 operating system you are running select Start icon > Control Panel > System and Security > System. For Windows 8 right click on the Start icon in the lower left corner of screen and select Control Panel > System and Security > System.

For Windows 7 and 8 operating systems the following window will open as shown below:

Windows 7 system
                    information.

For Windows 10 click the Start menu > Settings > System Display, notifications, apps, power > About and then the following window will open:

Windows 10 System Info

When any of the above System dialog box opens you will see the version of the operating system just below the text Windows edition.  For instance, in the System dialog box above the operating version is Windows 10 Education.  In the same window you may also want to check if your System type: is a 32-bit Operating System or 64-bit Operating System (as is the case in the example above) as some software has you download either a 32 bit or 64 bit version.

If you have a Macintosh computer you can find our what version of the Macintosh operating system you are running by selecting Apple menu > About This Mac and a window will open as shown below:

Apple system info 


When the About This Mac dialog box opens you will see the version of the operating system just below the text OS X.  For instance, in the About This Mac dialog box above the operating version is 10.12.2  The first two numbers of the Macintosh operating system version denote which major version of the operating system the computer is running.  The last number shows how many updates have been installed.  In the About This Mac dialog box above the major operating version is 10.12 and there have been 2 major updates installed.

Now that you know which version of the operating system you are running select the appropriate link below to learn how to secure our computer:

Windows:
  • If you have a version of Windows earlier then Windows 7 it is recommended you upgrade to either Windows 7, Windows 8, or (for free) Windows 10 as earlier versions of Windows are no longer supported by Microsoft.

Macintosh:

During your second lab meeting you will take the First Lecture Exam in SIMnet.  The first lecture exam will contain questions based on the information from lectures, assigned reading, the CS101 syllabus (the Grading Policies and Needed Materials webpages), the security information contained above.