Methods to Protect a Windows PC
You can take action to prevent malicious software from compromising your computer. What follows are some information and recommendations for basic computer security measures.
A firewall is often your first line of defense against malicious attacks. It is designed to prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to your system remotely (over the internet).
The latest Windows operating systems have a standard firewall built in. It is usually enabled by default. Follow the link below for your version of Windows for instructions on enabling and disabling your firewall:
Antivirus software is designed to prevent, detect, and remove various forms of malicious software (malware), such as viruses, worms, trojans, and spyware. Windows does not come with built-in antivirus software. Below are the antivirus programs that we recommend. They are all free to download and use:
In order to be effective, your antivirus program must be able to update itself on a regular basis. If you use commercial antivirus software, you will have to pay for a subscription to these updates. With free software, updates are also free and should be enabled automatically.
Web Based Antivirus Scanners
These antivirus programs do not offer constant protection, but can be used to quickly scan your computer for infections on a per-use basis. Here are some antivirus scanners that can be run from your web browser:
It is important to keep Windows up to date with the latest security patches and fixes. In Windows XP, Vista, and 7, automatic updates are usually enabled by default. Here's how to check your Windows Update settings or manually install updates:
Mac OS X Security
Please visit Apple's support site for Mac OS X security related questions:
Client Support will not perform any hardware repair due to liability issues. If your computer is still under warranty, you should make arrangements with the manufacturer for repairs. If your computer is no longer under warranty, you should take it to a reputable dealer. Students can receive computer repairs locally here in Belmont, NC from HJRSOFTWARE.
Public wireless is available in all buildings on Campus. There are three options for accessing the public wireless network:
SSID: bacnet PASSWORD: none
DESCRIPTION: Traffic on this network is not encrypted. Your internet browsing sessions can be easily observed or hijacked by a third party.
SSID: bacnet_secure PASSWORD: bacnet_secure
DESCRIPTION: Traffic on this network is encrypted. It is far more difficult for a third party to observe or hijack your browsing session.
SSID: bacnet_gamevoip PASSWORD: see form
DESCRIPTION: This network is for gaming consoles and VOIP devices. You must request access to this network. To request access, use your Student Google Apps account to fill out this form:
Is the network secure?
BAC Wi-Fi access is as secure as any open public access network. It is always a good idea to make sure your computer has a local firewall turned on and that your Anti Virus and system software is up-to-date. It is also a good idea to make sure you are on an SSL-encrypted web page prior to sending or receiving confidential data. Belmont Abbey College assumes no risk for any viruses, identity theft, or any other malicious or unwanted activities which can occur to individuals accessing a public network.
Note: Belmont Abbey College reserves the right to monitor Wi-Fi activity, filter content and otherwise control or prohibit wireless access usage.
Belmont Abbey College Information Technology (IT) has partnered with ScholarBuys for your personal purchases. As members of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and University consortium, we participate in volume licensing programs and are able to extend those discounts to you. Belmont Abbey College has both a Microsoft and Adobe agreement. Microsoft Student Select products are available via electronic secure download.
Ordering is easy!
- Visit Varsity Buys - Belmont Abbey College Student
- Click on the Student tab near the top of the page
- Go to Brands, select either “ Microsoft Student Select” or ”Adobe Discount Program”
- Agree to End User License Agreement (EULA)
You will be required to submit proof of enrollment to ScholarBuys. Upon completion of your order, you will receive instructions regarding how to upload your proof. Examples include: a copy of your tuition payment, acceptance letter, or class schedule. ScholarBuys also partners with the National Student Clearinghouse to verify student status electronically in real time.
Scholarbuys offers additions items for personal purchase. Belmont Abbey College does not recommend or support the products offered.
Developed by Ellucian, Self Service is an internet based website system designed to provide students, faculty, staff and other members of an educational institution's learning community with "anytime, anywhere" access to information about academic services. Self Service leverages the information management capabilities of the PowerCAMPUS administrative software system.
The following pages and files are provided for ease of use
IT operates the phone system used at BAC, providing phone service and voice mail to faculty, staff, and courtesy phones for resident students.
9-ten digit phone number
To make a call to a number on-campus, lift the handset and dial the four-digit extension of the person you are calling.
To make a call to a local number off-campus, lift the handset, dial 9 to get an outside line, then dial the area code and number of the person you are calling.
Students will not be able to make a long-distance or any toll related calls directly from the courtesy phones. You will need to use a calling card or your cell phone for these calls.
Welcome to Belmont Abbey College
Throughout this website you will find information about Information Technology and the services we provide on campus.
Your Belmont Abbey student email address as well as your network username and password should have been provided to you via your personal email address as well as in your packet if you attended a "Crusader Prep Day". This username and password will provide you with access to the lab computers on campus, MyAbbey, Canvas LMS, the new wireless network, as well as several others services across campus.
Please note that your default password will expire in 90 days from the date that it was created. Log in now to http://letmein.bac.edu to register for the password reset tool and to change your password at any time.
Below are a few links that will provide necessary information that we usually present at the "New Student Orientation":
Please feel free to contact Information Technology if you have any questions.
Residence Hall Internet Connection
All Resident Students have high-speed wireless Internet access in their room through the Belmont Abbey IT department.
Every device that connects to the Residential Wireless Network is on its own isolated connection can only access the Internet. This means that students cannot set up local network connections for their devices. A WIFI enabled printer cannot be connected to the wireless network. Your printer will need to be connected to your laptop computer via a cable or blue tooth connection. Each student will be able to connect multiple devices to the Residential Wireless Network. Those who connect wireless game consoles (such as Xbox and PlayStation) to the wireless network will notice similar behavior. Computers and game consoles will only have access to the Internet and will not see other computers and game consoles on the BAC Residential Network. Where there is a defined need for a wired internet connection, a request can be made through the IT Help Desk. Wired Connections are not available in Raphael Arthur.
Personal routers or switches are not allowed. Connecting a router or switch may cause the IT department to disable internet access to the port in the room.
See the Internet Troubleshooting guide for tips on how to troubleshoot your internet connection prior to contacting the IT Help Desk.