Software and file downloads

Installing a software onto University computers isn't without risk. Learn about the possible threats and how antivirus software should be installed to prevent it.

You should not download and install any software onto University computers without appropriate authorisation.

  • Unmanaged installations can compromise the ICT operating environment and also constitute a security risk.
  • All software installed on computers should be appropriately licensed.
  • The use of unlicensed software (software piracy) is illegal and puts the University at significant risk of legal action.


Viruses and other malicious software can spread quickly across campus, destroying files in the process.

  • It is recommend that all personal Windows or Macintosh systems that connect to the University network run up-to-date antivirus software.
  • You should scan all mail attachments and files on portable devices (eg, USB sticks) before opening them, and treat all email attachments with caution.
  • If you connect a privately owned laptop which is infected to the University of Auckland wireless network, your access to the wireless network will be revoked without notice.