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Macintosh Guidelines

This guide contains the essential steps you will need to complete to ensure that your Macintosh computer.

  • Meets campus computing security standards pursuant to Cornell Policy 5.10
  • Contains the essential software for working securely and effectively in Cornell's computing environment
  • Is configured to receive important software updates 

Additionally, this guide will inform you of…

  • Your responsibility for your ILR-owned Mac
  • What you should do if your Mac encounters problems

This guide is a checklist of required tasks that is divided into four sections.

1. Configure security and backup options

2. Install Cornell-essential software

  • Identity Finder
    Reason: Clears your computer of personally identifiable information.
  • Antivirus
    Reason: Protects your computer from unsafe software.

  • Microsoft Office
    Reason: Cornell-standard software for documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.

  • Microsoft Outlook
    Reason: Allows offline access to email and calendars.

3. Update software components

4. What to do if your computer needs service