/ Computing and Information Technology

Security and Antivirus

While security is not a product, good practices and strong anti-virus software can help stop a problem before it starts.

Hope College Accounts

At Hope College, you will have at least two accounts that you need to maintain.

Your 1Hope Account gets you access to your email, calendar, Google Drive, Moodle and much more. This is a standard username and password.

Change 1Hope password 

Your plus.hope.edu account is how you manage registration, records, payroll, financial aid, emergency contact information and much more. This is a nine-digit User ID and six-digit PIN.

Change plus.hope.edu PIN 


At a bare minimum, we recommend avoiding re-use of passwords across different services. Long passwords are better than complicated ones, and throwing in a couple of capital letters and symbols doesn't hurt.

If you have trouble remembering passwords, consider using a password manager such as LastPass, 1Password or Dashlane. These programs safely store your passwords for all of your different accounts. This way, you only have to remember one master password to access all of the rest. They can even generate secure random passwords for all of your different accounts!

More information about password managers 

Antivirus Software

New PCs usually come with a free trial of antivirus. When that trial runs out, you should either pay to continue the subscription, or uninstall it and use a free antivirus from Microsoft.


Windows 8 and 10 have built-in antivirus called Windows Defender. As long as there are no other antivirus programs installed (including ones that are expired), Windows Defender should be activated and protecting your computer.


Windows 7 has a free antivirus available called Microsoft Security Essentials. If it's not already on your computer, you can download it here.

We also recommend an anti-malware program called Malwarebytes. It's free if you run the program yourself once a month. You can download Malwarebytes here

Mac computers should install Malwarebytes for Mac. It is a free program that you should run at least once a month to scan your Mac. You can download Malwarebytes for Mac here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or stop by!