Computer recommendations

For help selecting the right computer for you, review these recommendations:

Software recommendations

HMS IT requires that all computers used on campus have essential security software installed.  Students may use their antivirus software of choice.  Some examples include: 

  • On macOS, Avast is available for free. 
  • On Windows 10, Windows Defender is installed by default and requires no configuration or subscription.

HMS and HSDM use Zoom web meeting software for virtual classes and meetings. Download the latest version.

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.

All HMS and HSDM students are issued an @hms.harvard.edu or @hsdm.harvard.edu email address. To access your email, you will need a mobile device with Duo installed.