Eastern Michigan University

Helpful Guidelines

Copyrighted Files

File sharing programs like KaZaa, Bearshare, Gnutella, etc., allow you to download all of the music you want for free. However, most of the files you download are illegal. They are copyrighted materials that you do not own the rights to use. Many of the programs also open a server on your computer, which shares any files that you have on your computer. Providing copyrighted materials to people who do not hold the rights to use them is illegal. There have been lawsuits by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They are tracking down people who are sharing files and taking them to court. We strongly recommend you do not use these programs. If you decide to use them and are identified by the RIAA as sharing files, I.T. Network Engineering will contact you. This contact could eventually result in termination of service, University disciplinary action, and/or federal legal charges.

Personal Firewall

Firewalls are software (or hardware) that protect your computer from outside attack by limiting the ways another computer can connect to yours. This limitation allows you to specify how another computer can connect and, thus, limits the ways they can attack you. EMU has a firewall in place for all of ResNet, but your computer may still be vulnerable to other ResNet computers.

I.T. strongly recommends that you install a personal firewall on your computer. Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X come with firewalls built in. If you are using one of these operating systems, we recommend you activate it. If you are not using one of these systems, we recommend you download one of the free packages available on the web. Some examples are Zone Alarm, McAffee Personal Security center, and a few others.

Adware/Spyware Removal Program

Spyware/Adware are programs that get installed on your computer when you install other downloaded applications that bundle in the spyware/adware application. Things like KaZaa, Bonzai Buddy, etc. are programs that install other programs that you are not aware of. These programs can cause lots of pop-ups to open, redirect you to websites, or other malicious activities.

I.T. recommends you install a spyware/adware block/removal tool. This will remove any spyware that gets installed on your computer. I.T. does not provide direct support for these programs, but the programs will keep your computer running healthier if you keep them updated and running.