It is very important that all members of the GMU community take responsibility for computer security. The university provides free tools like Symantec (Norton) Anti-Virus software and IronPort spam filter. In addition, GMU email (MEMO) for faculty and staff is protected by encryption using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), as is MASONLIVE for students. Even though access to the wired and wireless networks requires a login using a GMU 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

  • Good Security Practices
  • Norton AntiVirus Software (free download for all GMU students/faculty/staff)
  • Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  • ITS Security Office
  • ITS Support Center System Alerts
  • Networking —Wireless/Wired
  • University Polices on Computing

  •  *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.