IT Services


Email Protection

The IT Systems & Network Group (SNG) perform spam monitoring and filtering for Amherst email mailboxes. When it is found that an Amherst or Five College email account is spamming, the IT Help Desk will notify the user and ask him or her to change their password.

Even with spam/nuisance email monitoring, some spam and problematic emails get through. To help with this issue, IT offers an anti-spam email protection service called ExBlock. Exblock is an application created by the Amherst IT department to help deal with spam and unwanted or nuisance email messages.

SANS Securing the Human Computer Security Video Trainings Library

We are glad to offer to College employees and students the SANS Securing the Human library of training videos on computer security topics.

The College has subscribed to the SANS Securing the Human training video library to help increase students’ digital literacy, particularly in the area of computer security. We will assign some trainings to incoming students this summer and may offer SANS Securing the Human access in the future to other students, staff, and faculty.

Virus/Malware Protection

The College licenses ESET Antivirus/Anti-malware software for protection against viruses, spyware, potentially harmful and unwanted applications and other types of malware. ESET comes pre-installed on all College computers. Students may download ESET for use on one computer. Each current employee (Faculty and Staff) may download ESET for use on one computer per person for work at home use.