Top 10 security tips for safer computing:
- Regularly download security updates for your operating system.
- Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and keep them up to date.
- Use hard-to-guess passwords and keep them private.
- Do not share access to your computer.
- Back up your computer regularly.
- Do not read email from unknown sources.
- Do not open email attachments unless you expect the attachment from someone you know and trust.
- Set your e-mail filters to delete or file spam messages.
- Install shareware or public-domain software only from known, trustworthy web sites.
- Contact technical support if you notice one of these signs that your computer has been infected.
10 signs that your computer might be infected:
- Nothing happens when you try to open a file or an email attachment.
- Opening files takes forever.
- Pop-ups constantly interrupt web surfing.
- You see frequent "Illegal Operations" warnings.
- There is excessive hard drive activity: the hard drive light blinks so often it seems to stay lit.
- The computer is much slower than usual.
- You try to go to Yahoo or Google, but your web browser goes to a different search engine.
- People complain that you have sent them email that you know you did not send.
- "Strange" icons appear on your desktop or on your task bar.
- You haven't applied the latest patches and service packs, or you are not running up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
If for any reason your computer has experienced any of these problems contact the ITS Service Desk and they will assist you.