To ensure your computer functions at optimal levels to support your UBC work and to meet granting and governing body requirements it is important that all UBC computers be maintained properly. Psychiatry IT maintains Windows and Macintosh computers, on the Department’s core network to better ensure a secure environment while complying with provincial laws, requirements of granting agencies, UBC IT policies and governing body requirements. We are aware that some self-supported Departmental computers are not being maintained and therefore may not be meeting a number of governing body requirements and best practices for a safe computing environment.
If you support your own computers, the following should be part of your regular practice:
- Use Antivirus/antimalware software. Sophos Anti-Virus is available, free from UBC IT, for all staff, faculty and student computers.
- Configure your computer’s operating system to update regularly. “Windows update”, on Windows computers or “App store” (then “Updates” icon), on Macintosh computers.
- Keep all software up to date. This includes;
o Microsoft Office
o Acrobat Reader or Pro
o Google Chrome (automatic updates, by default)
o Mozilla Firefox
o Adobe Creative Suite
o Skype (automatic updates, by default)
o FTP software (e.g. FileZilla or WinSCP)
o Dropbox (automatic updates, by default)
- Uninstall risky software that you don’t need. This may include;
o Java RE
o Adobe Flash Player
o Apple QuickTime Player
- Administrator (able to install software) computer logons should not be used for day to day computer use. Create a normal user account for day to day use and restrict access to the administrator account.
- Passwords for logon accounts should not be written on the computer.
If you have any specific questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . We are happy to provide advice and guidance on best practices in maintaining your self-supported computer.
Computer and Communications Systems Manager | Medicine | Psychiatry
The University of British Columbia | Pt. Grey Campus
Phone 604 822 7374