For help selecting the right computer for you, review these recommendations:
- Recommended Apple computers and tablets
- Recommended Windows-ready computers and tablets
- Recommended monitors
Antivirus software: HMS IT requires that all computers used on campus have antivirus software installed. For assistance in choosing personal antivirus software, visit Harvard University's Choosing Personal Antivirus website.
Supported operating system: Ensure your personal computer software is up-to-date and running an HMS-supported operating system. Immediately install updates that address security vulnerabilities. Apply other updates within 30 days of their release. To check if your system is up-to-date, review the HMS-supported operating systems.
Backup software: HMS IT strongly recommends the use of backup software. When used correctly, backup software can create a backup of the critical files and personal data stored on your computer in case of hardware failure or other loss.
For assistance installing these applications, contact the HMS IT Service Desk.