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Critical Updates

Required by computers to keep your system secure and up-to-date

DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act)

Enacted in 1998 to update copyright law to encompass the growing use of computers and the Internet


Your TTU electronic identification; a single username and password allowing you to use email, access Raiderlink, enroll in computer training, download software, and many other campus technology services


One-to-one Internet connection used to share files; often involving the use of file-sharing programs; sharing copyrighted material is illegal


Your online campus connection; connects you to search engines, student administration information, Transportation & Parking Services, weather, and much more


Your Texas Tech email; used for official university correspondence


Computer program that can reproduce by changing other programs to include a copy of itself; can distribute itself through email or by download.


VPN stands for virtual private network. When away from campus, the TTUnet VPN service enables you to send and receive data from a non-TTU network as if your computing device was directly connected to the TTUnet network. This allows access to protected TTU resources from a remote location.

Note: Some commercial VPN services exist for the purpose of encrypting all of your Internet communications. The TTUnet VPN service does not serve this purpose and provides a secure tunnel to the TTU network only. Network communications to non-TTU services cannot be secured by using a TTUnet VPN connection.

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