Protecting Your Computer
Protecting your computer from malware is also a key component of IT security. Malware (malicious software) is any program or file that is harmful to your computer. Examples of malware include viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and also spyware, (programming that gathers information about a computer user without permission). They are spread easily through websites, peer to peer (P2P) software, email, or on USB sticks.
Not only does malware stop your computer from working properly it can also allow people to access your personal data and prevent you getting access to your accounts.
- If your computer already has anti-virus software installed, make sure it is up to date and run regular scans to ensure your computer isnt infected. You can often set these to run automatically so you don't have to remember to do it. If you don't have any on your computer you can install Anti Virus software for free or ask the IT Service Desk for advice.
- If you have a Windows computer you should ensure that you run Windows updates on a regular basis as these can contain important updates/patches that correct security vulnerabilities. Again you can set these to automatically update.
- Only install software or download files from a reputable source and be careful where you click, not all links are what they appear to be. Sometimes even software that claims to fix viruses is bogus so if in doubt, contact the IT Service Desk.
- If you accept a file from someone, especially someone you don't know, make sure you scan it for viruses before opening it.
If you believe that your computer has already been infected with malware you have a few options.
- Follow the self-help manual and try to resolve it yourself.
- Contact the IT Service Desk for advice.
- Request the FixIT service.