> CRON : DUSPMIT
Course 11 : Urban Studies & Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave, Room 9-266
Cambridge, MA 02139
To best ensure a healthy and secure Macintosh, you should keep its operating system and third party applications completely up to date. With that said, we do recommend holding off major named releases (eg macOS 11 'Big Sur') for 6-8 weeks after release as bugs are found and addressed. The current macOS is numbered 10.15 and named 'Catalina'. If your Macintosh is running an older version of macOS please upgrade now following the 'macOS Upgrade' instructions below.
cron have prepared a script which checks on the health of your computer and installs core software you need as a DUSP student. To run this script please follow instructions found under 'macOS Maintenance : Students Only'. Note: this script can take 30-90 minutes to complete, depending on what it has to do and the speed of your internet connection. Please set aside that time as your computer should be devoted to this one task of running the script.
Please be sure your computer is running at the minimum, OS X 10.15.x (macOS Catalina). If it is not, kindly follow steps below.
The maintenance script cron provides below will run several diagnostics and prepare your computer for life as a DUSP student. We recommend you run it at the beginning of each term to keep your Macintosh healthy and happy.
Please be sure your computer is running at the minimum, OS X 10.15.x (macOS Catalina)
Please also follow these tips when using your Macintosh:
The most effective protection against malware is common sense. Stay away from websites circumventing the law (eg. third-party sports streaming sites, sites distributing hacked software, etc). Also stay away from sites which request you download and install software to access their services (typically 'Flash Player'). Leave sites immediately which warn you that your computer is infected or some such nonsense. Porn sites are particularly noxious as they (and aforementioned sports streaming sites) have proven to be very effective 'honey traps' (sex and sports being favorite (male) pastimes, apparently). Coupled with exercising common sense when on the internet, it is extremely important always to keep macOS and your applications up to date.
If you would like a bit of technical backup to accompany your safe practices, IST provide Sophos to all faculty, staff and students: https://ist.mit.edu/sophos/all. Though Sophos is an industry standard, an alternative (available in both free and paid versions) is Malwarebytes. In our limited experience, we have found Malwarebytes marginally more effective than Sophos with safe browsing practices informed by commonsense the most effective of all.