There are several options for obtaining security patches before connecting to the Internet:
- Use another (patched) computer to access the vendor site (e.g., http://www.microsoft.com/security) and download the critical patches to a CD-ROM disk. You can then use this disk to apply the necessary patches to your new computer.
- Students can bring a blank recordable CD-ROM disk to the New Media Lab, located in 1154 Meyer Hall, and use the CD-ROM duplication hardware to create a patch disk.
- Faculty and staff members may consult with their department's Technology Support Coordinator (TSC). To find out who your department's TSC is, visit http://tsp.ucdavis.edu/tscdirectory/TSCdir.cfm.
Securing your new computer before connecting to the Internet could protect you from infection-related problems, data loss and the hassle of restoring your computer after an infection. Additional information about securing your computer is available on the Computer and Network Security Web site (http://security.ucdavis.edu/).