QuickTime Security Vulnerability - Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Computers or Devices

QuickTime is a multimedia solution designed by Apple. It allows a computer to handle video, audio, and interactive content. In November 2015, researchers at the Zero-Day Initiative (ZDI) discovered two remote code execution vulnerabilities in Windows installations of QuickTime. In both cases, a computer can be compromised by visiting a malicious webpage or running a malicious file that exploits these vulnerabilities. These security issues are quite serious.

Deployment of Newer Operating Systems at Amherst College

In recent years, both Apple and Microsoft have migrated to a model of continuous upgrades for their operating systems. Apple offers three operating systems: macOS for Macs, iPadOS for iPads, and iOS for iPhones, while Microsoft offers Windows as its standard computing OS. Additionally, both companies allow for any customer to download and test the latest OS on a pre-release basis. This model of continuous updates and direct-to-client relationship, even prior to releasing a final product, creates many challenges for Amherst College, some of which are:

Disable Java in Web Browsers

For security reasons you may want to disable Java in all web browsers or certain web browsers on your computer. See our instructions for how to disable Java as needed.

Computers for Faculty and Staff

Faculty with appointments longer than one year, and full-time and part-time staff positions whose work require computers, are provided with a new computer every four to five years. Other faculty and staff may be provided with good condition second-tier computers.

Faculty may choose between Macintosh and Windows. Other employees will receive Windows laptop computers by default unless their work requires an alternative. Alternative arrangements will be made in consultation with the employee's supervisor.

Faculty are encouraged to use startup funds for the purchase of their first computer. Faculty can work with IT for device purchasing and should not directly purchase devices from vendors. IT then will cover the cost of the computer at replacement, which typically takes place in three to four years.

Check the College's current standard configurations for faculty and staff

Retired Faculty

Emeriti who are teaching at Amherst in some capacity and/or granted use of office space may retain a college-owned computer with an extended replacement cycle while they continue to have an office space on campus. Emeriti who are not granted office space but are teaching in some capacity should discuss their computing needs with IT Support Services. Phone and email support is available for emeriti who need assistance using online resources provided by Amherst College.

 

Lock your computer

How to prevent people from accessing your computer while it's unattended.

Map a Network Storage Share to a Drive Letter in Windows

A network share is a place on a file server where individuals and groups can store and access files. Files stored on a network share are accessible to anyone who has permissions to the share; such files are also backed up automatically, which relieves you of that burden.

On a Windows computer, local storage volumes have letter shortcuts. For example, the first hard drive in a Windows system is by convention given the shortcut "C:" and called the "C drive." 

Reset DNS settings

How to reset your DNS setting on your Window computer after they have been set by VPN Firewall.

Remote Desktop Connection to Windows Computer

Using Windows Remote Desktop Connection, you connect to and operate your Windows work computer using the keyboard, mouse, and display of your home computer. You can thus do everything from home that you can do at your work computer. This is an ideal solution for people in administrative offices whose work computers have specialized sofware installed, connect to lots of network shares, and have complex database access permissions.