It is very important that all members of the Mason community take responsibility for computer security. The university provides tools like Symantec (Norton) Anti-Virus software for GMU-owned computers and IronPort spam filter. For reviews of free anti-virus software for Windows users, see The Best Free Antivirus Protection from PC Magazine In addition, Mason email is protected by encryption using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

Even though access to the wired and wireless networks requires a login using a Mason email account, the networks themselves are not encrypted. So, it's important that every individual learn how to secure their computers and avoid fraudulent websites. In addition, every so often a "phishing" e-mail gets through the spam filter disguised as message soliciting private information like a password, date of birth, or PIN number. You should never respond to these emails as no legitimate organization (particularly the university) would solicit this sort of information through e-mail. In order to learn more about how to protect your computer, please take a look at the links below. If you have any questions, contact or 703-993-4855.

Important Links

 *Phishing is a term used by hackers who imitate legitimate companies and organizations in e-mails to entice users to share passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account numbers.