Required apps and recommended tools
Stay current, protect yourself, and manage your accounts
The integrity of our educational and research missions is critically important to our work here at HMS. As most of our day-to-day work is executed or enabled by IT systems – from laptops and mobile devices to high-performance computing platforms – threats to those systems endanger our mission. This software helps to protect you and the HMS community from these risks.
Required security software
Systems management software (SMS)Get automatic updates and security protections from HMS ITJamf Pro Ivanti LANDESK
Antivirus and anti-malwareProtect your computer from malicious activityESET Avast
Quad-based faculty and staff at HMS, HSDM, and Wyss must install ESET Antivirus software on any Harvard-owned or grant-purchased system connected to the HMS network or used to conduct HMS business.
Other members of the HMS community must also have antivirus protection on both Windows and macOS. Windows: Ensure that Microsoft Defender Antivirus is active. macOS: Download free antivirus protection from Avast One.
Recommended security software
Password managerCreate, save, and access strong passwordsLastPass Premium
With LastPass, you can create strong passwords, securely save those passwords, and access them easily with autofill when it is time to sign in. You'll create one strong password to access all of your other account information, so you only need to remember this one primary password.
To get started with LastPass Premium, register with your Harvard email address.
Collaboration toolsUse recommended tools for sensitive dataCrashPlan Dropbox
VPN clientEasily connect to virtual private networksIvanti Connect Secure