It takes a combination of measures to help protect your data and devices from infection.
Ensure that anti-virus software is installed on all the devices you use:
If your anti-virus software is not up to date, or you do not have any installed, you should download our free anti-virus software:
If you manage your own computer (ie: if it is not automatically updated by IT Services) you are responsible for ensuring that all software you use is kept up-to-date with the security patches released by the software provider. If ever in doubt about what to install, contact the IT Support Centre.
Do not assume that the USB memory stick someone gives you is safe to use – always scan it for viruses before accessing any of the files on it, by right clicking the drive icon and selecting the scan option.
A firewall provides an essential protective barrier between your computer and potentially harmful code and computers. IT Services operating systems are supplied with a built in firewall, but other commercially available software is also available.
Stop and think before you open an email attachment or visit an unfamiliar website – these are the most common ways to accidentally pick up malware (malicious software).
If you suspect your computer has been infected, log out immediately and call the IT Support Centre.