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
- Setting your login password
Reason: Complies with Cornell policy and secures your data.
- Configuring a secure internet connection
Reason: Ensures your wireless Internet traffic is secure.
- Backing up your files
Reason: Allows your computer's data to be recovered in the event of a crash.
- IP Printing
Reason: Allows you to print from anywhere in the building.
2. Install Cornell-essential software
- Identity Finder
Reason: Clears your computer of personally identifiable information.
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
- Setting up Software Update
Reason: Keeps your computer's Apple software up-to-date.
- Installing Mac OS X Updates without Software Update
Reason: Software Update does not always install operating system updates correctly.
- Other software updates to know about
Reason: Keep the rest of the software on your computer up-to-date.