Here are some tips and resources to help show care for your computer!

Roses are red, violets are blue, internet links need TLC too!

WPI has enabled Safelinks in our email system. Links in messages to your WPI email address are scanned at the mail server before reaching your inbox to ensure they will not bring you to a malicious site.

In your personal email account or on websites, IT recommends hovering over links before you click. If an address is not legitimate or familiar - don't click! These legitimate links have more information about preventing malware and phishing:

Federal Trade Commission Report Phishing at WPI

With character limits, shortened web links have become common. Use a link extender to check the full path for short links.

Check Short URL

Show your computer you care by keeping it healthy.

Don't insert random USBs in your computer; you don't know where they have been and whether they contain viruses.

It's important to keep your computer healthy with current system patches, anti-virus software, and a firewall. Organized crime develops new exploits even faster than you can eat a box of Valentine chocolates. Update system patches and anti-virus software on a weekly basis. Operating systems and anti-virus/anti-malware on WPI-owned ITS-managed computers are automatically updated, but if you have installed other software please ensure it is also updated. Windows Defender and Malwarebytes are options for personal devices.

Windows Defender InformationMalwarebytes for Students

If you love your data, back it up!

Through Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive, one terabyte of cloud file storage is available to all WPI account holders!

Cloud Storage

Valentine, I will follow you to the ends of the earth, even off-campus!

Access the Eduroam network to securely connect from numerous participating libraries and schools worldwide.


Set up the WPI Virtual Private Network (VPN) client for secure off-campus usage of WPI resources such as Autodesk suite, Solidworks, and much more.


Don't Leave Me!

Sadly, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds in the United States, so please don't leave yours unattended in public spaces, including on campus.

Device Theft Statistics (Gitnix)