Faking online ratings

As the holiday season arrives, online shopping is crucial in getting just the right gift for friends and family. Customer reviews can make or break a product and knowing what products are worth your while can lead to a more successful shopping experience. The typical...

Are your devices listening to you?

Alexa and Siri allow millions of users to turn off the lights, play their favorite songs, and even place Amazon orders just by using voice commands. These devices listen for activator words and the instructions that follow to turn spoken commands into computer...

What are the kinds of malware?

There are many variants of malware, each with a different attack pattern. Three of the most common kinds of malware are described below. Viruses Computer viruses are one of the most well-known forms of malware, and they derive their name from their similarities to...

How is malware distributed?

Most malware requires user action–or a negligent user’s inaction–to make it onto a host system. Usually, scammers use a variety of tricks to get victims to download, install, and run malware on their computers or devices. Malware distribution is largely...

What can I do to keep my devices safe?

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...

Secure shopping sites

When it comes to picking an online retailer, you’ve got plenty of options. Often, shoppers choose recognizable retailers like Walmart or Amazon. These sites tend to be safe since they have more resources dedicated to securing their online transactions. But sometimes...