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Security Software

The Office of Information Technology offers services and software designed to protect University computers from threats and vulnerabilities.

AntiVirus Software

All Boise State-owned computers are required to have antivirus software installed and current when attaching to the University network, per University policy.

University Employees

University employees can obtain Symantec AntiVirus software via a free download by contacting the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or email

*Please note you will need to uninstall any antivirus software you have on a personal computer before installing Symantec AntiVirus.


Students using Windows 10 have Windows Defender installed, which is a fine antivirus solution.

For other devices, software such as BitDefender is recommended.

A free product available is Avira Free Antivirus, although you should be sure to uncheck the Ask Toolbar during installation, and uninstall its browser extension.

BitLocker Drive Encryption

BitLocker Drive Encryption is a service offered in Microsoft Windows operating systems. It allows users to encrypt data on their hard drives. If you use BitLocker, your data will be secure, even if your computer is misplaced.

Visit our BitLocker page for more details and frequently asked questions about BitLocker.

Keeping Your Computer Secure

The Office of Information Technology is committed to providing you with resources and tools to keep your professional and personal data safe.

Our Cybersecurity department is responsible for protecting the University’s information assets.

For more information, visit our Cybersecurity website.

Need Assistance?

For questions, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or email