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Keep your operating system current.
Many vulnerabilities can be prevented simply by keeping your operating system current. Configure your Windows PC to use Microsoft Update. If you have a computer running Microsoft Windows, the most reliable way to get updates from Microsoft is to use the Windows Update feature.
Configure your Mac to use Software Update.
If you have a computer running Mac OS X, the most reliable way to get updates from Apple is to use the Software Update feature.
Malware ( malicious software)
Malware (short for "malicious software") is a term used to describe numerous types of hostile or unwanted software, including viruses, trojans, worms and spyware.
How to get rid of Malware: Run antivirus software
Note: For faculty and staff if you suspect that you have a malware on your laptop or desktop, please call the Technology Services Help Desk immediately x7887
An important step to protect your computer against malware is to install and run reputable antivirus software that checks for malware in real-time. Such software is able to prevent, detect and remove malware that it is aware of.
Keep in mind that new malware is released all of the time and no software designed to detect it is 100% effective so be careful what sites you visit, what software you install, what files you open...and keep your operating system and software current.
Read this important information about phishing; you don't want to compromise your personal information.
Note: For faculty and staff if you suspect you're receiving a phishing scam; please do not forward the phishing email scam to firstname.lastname@example.org, instead call the Technology Services Help Desk immediately x7887
For faculty and staff please configure your email to forward your Spam email to email@example.com, and for student they don't have to worry about this since Google has a very good system on tracking spam emails.
Always back-up or save work on a USB flash drive. We can't guarantee that a USB drive left in the lab will still be there when the owner returns to claim it. While lost and found USB drive may be turned in at the the Technology Services Help desk, it is difficult to identify an unlabeled USB's so make sure you put your name on all your media devices.
Suggested reading for Information Security.
--> Protecting your passwords
--> Getting started with Lion Mail
--> Microsoft on Phising
--> GNumber and Password
--> Creative Commons
--> Student Aid and Identity Theft