New Computer Tasks

The tasks listed below should be completed on your new PC computer. However, if this is your campus computer, most likely the Help Desk or your College Tech Coordinator has already completed these tasks for you. On the other hand, if this is your personal PC computer or if you want to make some minor changes, the following steps and tutorials will help you.

  • Obtain a good virus protection software.
  • Schedule the computer to update the operating system and Microsoft products automatically.
  • Password rules
  • Check the strength of your password by clicking here.
  • Avoid common password pitfalls. Cybercriminals use sophisticated tools to rapidly crack passwords, but you can help foil their attempts.DO NOT USE:
    • Personal identity information that could be guessed or easily discovered, like pet names, nicknames, birth date, address, or driver's license number.
    • Dictionary words in any language (including the word password—the most common password in the English language!).
    • Words spelled backwards, abbreviations, and common misspellings (accommodate, remember).
    • Common letter-to-symbol conversions, such as changing "o" to "0" or "i" to "1" or “!”.
    • Sequences or repeated characters. Examples: 12345678, 222222, abcdefg, or adjacent letters on your keyboard (such as QWERTY)