Download, install, and use anti-virus software
The UD community can download and install the University-licensed copy of McAfee VirusScan for any employee-, student-, or University-owned computers. Regularly update your virus definitions and scan your computer to identify and remove threats. Scanning is a critical step in protecting your computer because malware often relies on programs called rootkits to hide itself from the user. Scanning reveals and quarantines known malware.
Avoid phishing scams
Learn how to identify and avoid phishing scams in order to reduce the risk of being exposed to malware. Whenever you receive a suspicious email, report it and then delete it from your inbox. Never click on links in, or download attachments from, these emails. The Secure UD Threat Alert blog has many examples of phishing scams we’ve seen.
Think before you click
Don’t click on links without verifying that the address to which they point is legitimate. Often, scammers and social engineers will disguise links to malicious Web sites as links to other, more trustworthy sites by hiding the link under text or an image. Hover your cursor over a link and check the true address of the link before clicking.
Even better, don’t click the link at all! It is much safer to go to the usual website where you log in to your account at a bank, university, or other other organization.
If you have any questions, contact the IT Support Center.
- What is the difference: Viruses, Worms, Trojans, and Bots? (cisco.com)
- UD-supported anti-virus and anti-malware software
- Phishing information (US Federal Trade Commission)
- Secure UD Threat Alert blog
- IT Support Center website
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