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 two operating systems: OS X for Macs and iOS for iPads and 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 years. Other faculty and staff may be provided with second-tier computers.

Faculty may choose between Macintosh and Windows, laptops and desktops. Other employees will receive Windows desktop 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. IT 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 granted use of office space may retain a college-owned computer with the normal replacement cycle while they continue to have an office space on campus. Emeriti who are not granted office space should discuss their computing needs with IT Support Services. Phone and walk-in support is available for emeriti who need assistance using services 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."