Postings in the ‘Healthy Computing’ Category


Practice preventive care for healthy computing during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 31st, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Staying healthy through diet and exercise is a good practice for everyone, but what types of preventive care do you practice when it comes to healthy computing?

Information Services recommends going to the IT KnowledgeBase article Healthy Computing where you can learn more about:

  • Best practices for backing up your computer in case of accidents or virus attacks
  • Tips for managing your files including a table describing where to store specific types of information
  • Microsoft’s Healthy Computer Guide
  • Identity theft
  • Malware, including how to download and use Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • Spam

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Calculate your risk for identity theft during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 30th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Identity theft is a growing risk due to an increased interest in online banking, social networking sites, mobile downloads, online gaming, and other popular online activities. Gaining a better awareness of your level of exposure and adopting Healthy Computing practices are steps you can take to reduce your risk to identity theft.

Stay Safe Online, powered by the National Cyber Security Alliance, offers an online identity risk calculator designed to help you discover how your online activities may potentially make you more vulnerable to identity theft.

Healthy Computing practices to consider include:
  • Saving passwords on your computer may be convenient, but it also opens up your computer to vulnerabilities, including identity theft. Reduce your risks by following these step-by-step instructions
  • Never share passwords, your social security number, date-of-birth, or other personal information through email
  • Ask yourself if sharing personal information on social networking sites with your 327 “friends” is really the safest thing for you to do – do you really want all of them, and their 418 “friends”, to know you are on vacation and your house is empty?
  • That sweepstakes or free gift you just won that sounds too good to be true, could arrive with a price tag of a trojan horse, computer virus, or other form of malware when you enter your contact information

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Protect your computer from malware during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 29th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Viruses, worms, trojan horses, and other forms of malware are specifically designed to damage or disable your computer. Cyber Security Awareness Week is a good time for you to learn more about protecting your computer against these malicious programs.

Information Services recommends going to the IT KnowledgeBase article Protecting your computer from malware to create a safer, more healthy environment on your computer by:

  • Reducing your virus risks
  • Using Symantec Anti-Virus Corporate Edition, which is provided free of charge to all students and for all campus-owned computers
  • Downloading Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Create a more safe and secure computing environment during Cyber Security Awareness Week – #AnnounceIT

October 28th, 2013 by Lynda S. LaRoche

Information Services is celebrating Cyber Security Awareness Week by offering students, faculty, and staff opportunities to learn more about creating a more safe and securing computing environment.

Did you know the IT KnowledgeBase offers Healthy Computing information to help you protect yourself from phishing scams like the one that hit campus last week?

Go to the Spam article to learn about:

  • DePauw’s guidelines for official communications
  • How you can remove spam from your Google Apps Mail account
  • Read an interesting article from Google about phishing
  • Find practical tips and information from the Federal Trade Commission

As always, let us know what’s on your mind when it comes to Healthy Computing by contacting us at or (765) 658-4294.

Last Chance to Win a Flip Camera!

October 28th, 2011 by Lynda S. LaRoche

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

One Byte is all it takes….

Refresh and Test your Cyber Security Skills at

The more you participate, the more chances you have to win!
See Rules and Points for details.

Want to win a cool prize set? Enter the 1011 CyberSecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) Video Contest!

September 29th, 2011 by Lynda S. LaRoche

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – Check out what’s going on at DePauw

October 5th, 2010 by Carol L. Smith


October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and Information Services is sponsoring several activities and events  to help everyone in the DePauw community understand  cyber security issues and how to protect themselves.

Highlights include:

Oct. 5 – Oct. 31

Help The CyberCats catch the cyber-villains

The CyberCats need your help in catching four cyber villains around campus. Look for web links on posters and in tech-notice email explaining how you can win!

Oct. 7 – Oct. 24

Cyber Security Awareness Week Video Contest

Oct. 11 – Oct. 29

Prove you have Symantec Anti-Virus or Malwarebytes installed on your computer and up-to-date.

Bring your computer to the Helpdesk or the Digital Media Lab and prove you have either Symantec anti-virus or Malwarebytes installed and up-to-date for a chance to win an iTunes or Amazon gift card.

Download both now!

Oct. 25 – Oct. 29

Cyber Security Awareness Week at DePauw

Visit the Cyber Security Awareness Website for more details and information about how you can prevent cyber crime and data loss.

Cyber Security villains foiled again — contest winners announced!

November 17th, 2009 by asmock

Contributed by Emily Riggs ’11, ITAP Communication Consultant

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. In past years, DePauw University chose to spend the last week in October to educate students and faculty about cyber security. This year, the Student Technology Support team at DePauw decided to start the fun a little earlier and offered many opportunities and activities to raise awareness of the issues throughout the month. Cyber Security Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate students, faculty and staff on many topics related to cyber security, including virus scanning, protection of digital data, prevention of stolen identities through the internet, and education about simple computer maintenance. The increase in awareness and education of these issues is not only of great benefit to individuals; it also helps create a safer technological environment for everyone on campus.


Cleanse Computer Clutter

April 2nd, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

Contributed by Courtney Hime, ITAP Communicatin Consultant

In the weeks leading up to the end of the semester, midterms, papers, projects and deadlines can all stand in the way of a well-deserved rest. In the process of sifting through notes and research material, you are likely using your computer – and often for great lengths of time. If you find yourself glued to your laptop, you may be increasing your chances of suffering from information overload, which can cause stress, confusion and mental exhaustion.

Fortunately, there are some quick ways to prevent information overload and simplify your life.

First, learn to plan ahead and prioritize. To truly break away from your computer, a personal agenda or planner can help keep your life in order. If you do find that you prefer to keep everything digitally organized, online planners can also be very helpful. If you’re not already using your GroupWise Calendar to keep yourself organized, I suggest picking it up. Not only is it helpful for planning, but most faculty and staff use it to keep track of their days – making finding a time to meet as simple as opening up their calendar.

Second, do your best to eliminate distractions. The easiest way to stay focused on the task at hand is to disconnect from the Internet. If, however, you require the Internet for your work, all is not lost. For Firefox users, if you keep distracting tabs in your internet browser, delete them to avoid the temptation to surf the net.

Another easy way to free your mind and your computer of clutter is to organize your files. Back up any files you need to save but do not need to use, onto an external hard drive or jump disk. Do your best to minimize the number of files you view on a daily basis by storing them in folders organized by year, course or project. When naming files, use meaningful names or abbreviations that can easily be recognized later to avoid sifting through documents.

Purging your computer and e-mail inbox of unnecessary files is another simple way to destress. Delete and clean out any unnecessary files you may be saving on your computer, and empty your recycle bin frequently. If you find your inbox overflowing, sort through your e-mails and discard what you can. If you’re keeping attachments in your inbox, save them onto your computer. Organize your e-mail account much like your computer by creating folders and filing messages to keep track of your email by topic.

While I can’t guarantee the next few weeks will be devoid of stress, I can assure you that keeping your computer free of clutter will keep you more organized and less stressed than you would be otherwise.

Five things you should know about healthy computing: Ergonomics

February 20th, 2008 by Carol L. Smith

edited by Courtney Hime, ITAP Communication Consultant
and Angie Smock, LIS Communication Specialist/Assistant Coordinator of ITAP

With everyone returning to campus, the hustle and bustle of DePauw is once again at full swing. Everyone is on the go and most likely glued to their computers. This means there are more chances they could be adding unnecessary physical stress to an already hectic life. Here are some suggestions that can help you lessen the strain on all areas of the body.

  1. Eyes. Position your monitor or laptop screen to avoid glare or reflections from overhead lighting, outside sources of light or even reflections off your own clothing. Consider turning off some overhead lights. Keep your display screen clean and set the contrast and brightness to levels that allow you to see it clearly.
  2. Arms. Keep your forearms, wrists and hands in a relaxed, neutral position. Keep your elbows close to your body as you type. Try an adjustable chair to help with height of the work surface. Though it’s not always possible, using an external mouse and keyboard will allow your arms to sit comfortably.
  3. Neck. Do your best to avoid straining your neck. Angle the screen so that it may be viewed without having to bend or rotate the neck. Maintain a comfortable viewing distance from the screen. Ideally, try to be 20 to 30 inches away from the screen. If you are using a desktop computer or external monitor with your laptop, adjust your chair or the monitor so the screen is at or slightly below eye level.
  4. Back. Use a chair that provides good lower back support. Use a pillow, rolled-up towel or other soft object against the back of your chair to assist in the support of the lower back. Not only will sitting up straight keep your posture in check, but it can also help keep you awake.
  5. Legs. As tempting as it is to curl up in a chair and work, it’s much healthier to keep your thighs parallel to the floor. Make this easier, by putting your feet flat on the floor or on a footrest. It’s also important to get up and and move around periodically. A short walk around or stretch can help keep you awake and comfortable.

There are also other ways to reduce the amount of strain put on your body during a typical work week. If carrying your laptop across campus, try to minimize the weight. Do not carry extra peripheral devices; think about how you intend to use the laptop before you leave and then only carry the necessary items. And, if you take your laptop around often, consider investing in a backpack rather than a large purse or briefcase, to put an equal amount of weight on both shoulders. Being aware of your physical comfort and safety will help keep you healthier, happier and more productive.