PC Networking

Before arriving at Williams

Secure your computer – Run Windows Updates
All Windows computers must have current critical updates and anti-virus software.

  • Windows 10: Start menu > Settings > Update & Security
  • Windows 8: Click the Windows button > type update > click the settings field > choose Windows Update.
  • Windows 7 and Vista: Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update or from the Start menu: Windows Update.

You will need anti-virus software on your PC – if you have Windows 10 then the built-in Windows Defender software is fine.  If you’d like a different anti-virus we recommend Sophos Home (free) edition:  https://home.sophos.com/

Run common software updates

Adobe Reader (if you have it), Adobe Flash and Sun Java (also optional) are particularly noteworthy for getting out of date quickly. Out of date versions leave you vulnerable to web drive-by downloads where malware is installed on your computer simply by viewing a web page.

  • Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash can be updated from Adobe
  • Java can be updated from Sun.

Install Keyserver (optional)

Some academic course related programs require  a “key” to authenticate on our network. The Keyserver client is the component that verifies you are connected to the Williams network to allow these applications to run. When you download software from the OIT software page you can run the applications as long as you are on campus.

After arriving on campus

Get on the wireless!

From your computer join the Purple Air network
You’ll need to authenticate with your short username (e.g. abc13) and password. You will be prompted to accept a certificate (Windows 7) or you will be asked if you expect to see this network (Windows 8 and Windows 10). Click Connect.