IT Services

Tips for staying safe

It takes a combination of measures to help protect your data and devices from infection.

Check your anti-virus

Ensure that anti-virus software is installed on all the devices you use:

Download anti-virus software

Check if it is already installed and up to date. If not visit this pages to download free anti-virus software:

Log out of admin account

If your PC has been infected log out immediately and call the Support Centre. If a virus infection occurs, the malware generally has the same rights as the person who is logged in, which is why, for a University Imaged Desktop, you will be sent a separate (man-username) account with administrator rights for use only when required on your machine. This prevents you from sitting continually logged on with an admin account while surfing the web and opening emails.

Stay up to date

Ensure that all software you use is kept up-to-date with the security patches released by the software provider unless advised otherwise by IT Services. If you have a managed desktop computer IT Services will do this for you.

Stop and think

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).

Scan for viruses

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.

Use a Firewall

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.


Tips for staying safe

Only download software from reputable websites that you know and trust.