Essential Stanford Software (ESS) is a collection of applications that will help you plug into the Stanford University Network (SUNet) and gain access to Stanford's computing services. ESS includes applications to keep your password secure, protect against computer viruses, send and read email, browse the web, and exchange files.
Software is provided for both Macintosh computers and Windows-based PCs: http://ess.stanford.edu
Anti-Virus, Malware Protection, and Firewall
In order to fully protect Stanford’s data on your computer you should download and install SCEP, anti-virus and anti-malware software (freely available to Stanford users at http://ess.stanford.edu). It is important that you ensure that the software is configured for automated updates.
The built-in Windows Firewall will also reduce the risk of intrusion.
For more about securing your computer, see the information available from IRT Information Security.