There are thousands upon thousands of malicious programs that can be accidentally downloaded from the internet, and any computer can fall victim. One of the best ways to protect against a computer virus is to have anti-virus software installed.
For Windows Vista or windows 7, we recommend that you use Microsoft Security Essentials, downloadable for free from Microsoft.com.
Windows 8 comes with Microsoft Security Essentials automatically.
Although it is rare for a Mac computer to get a virus, there are still many viruses out there that can infect a Mac. We provide a Sophos Anti-virus installation for students here. If you want access to this program, please contact Team55.
Secure Practices for Computer Use
- Keep antivirus software installed and up-to-date. Viruses are constantly being released, and having software that is not updated regularly can put your computer at risk.
- Only have one anti-virus program installed at a time. Anti-virus programs can interfere with each other and cause your system to be less secure.
- Do not leave your computer where someone can access it. Leaving a computer in a public place not only puts it at risk for being stolen, but for someone to access information on the computer.
- Backup your files regularly. You never know when a hard drive will fail, or any other piece of hardware for that matter. Having one (or many) backups of your files is helpful for when something happens unexpectedly.
- Use different passwords and usernames for different systems. Should one account become compromised, having various passwords will prevent attempts to access your other accounts from being successful.
- Don't post private information anywhere on the internet. The internet is a public place, and the whole world could easily find something there. Only post information that you are okay with the whole world having access to.
- Be alert to phishing and scams. NEVER give out any account name or password electronically, unless you are logging into a site you trust. If you receive a request for your account information in an e-mail, completely ignore it. Team55 will NEVER ask you for your password, and any request for your password should be ignored.