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General computing safety

Following safe computing practices will make your computing experience safer and more pleasant. We'd love to chat with you about how you can stay safe online. Contact our help desk to schedule a consultation with a professional staff member.

Malware

Malware is any application designed to damage or disrupt a system. Malware can take the form of viruses, spyware or adware. Avoid malware infections by steering clear of pop-ups, offers that seem too good to be true and torrents. Always keep your operating system and malware protection up-to-date.

Phishing

Sometimes the easiest way for a criminal to get your personal information is to ask for it. Phishing is a social engineering tactic used to trick you into giving up usernames, passwords and other sensitive information. Phishing attempts typically come via email. Avoid taking the bait:

  1. Never follow a link from an unsolicited email. Always go directly to the website you know and trust to make any changes to accounts.
  2. Keep on top of your financial transactions so you can spot suspicious activity.
  3. Make sure you're on a secure network and secure website when entering your username and password.

Passwords

Maintain unique and strong passwords for all of your accounts (and a passcode for your cell phone) and change your passwords regularly. Lock or log out of your computer when you're not around.

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