College uses ‘penalty box’ to keep network safe from viruses, an online student publication at the College of William and Mary reports on the school’s request that students take special measures to protect their computers from viruses. To achieve this, the campus IT staff quarantines students’ PCs in a holding area until they access the school’s authentication web site. Computers that fail to authenticate are flagged on the network and eventually land in an area called the “penalty box.” At this point, the computers must be cleaned by IT staffers before they are allowed to connect again.

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