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 The Security Office has the Following Advice to Keep Your Computer Secure.

Keep an antivirus program running and also keep it up to date. The Security Office recommends either using Microsoft Security Essentials or AVG 9.0. Also we recommend running Malwarebytes AntiMalware at least every 2 weeks.

Refer to Avira's Virus database for more information and for updates on the latest threats. maintains apart from debunking urban legends also keeps a list of bogus viruses.

Other Tips
  • Don't open email attachments from unknown people or you weren't expecting.
  • Virus scan any attachments you were expecting just incase.
  • Avoid sites known to contain malware.
  • Keep your Operating system up to date
  • Do Regular Scans with your Anti-Virus Program
  • Make sure you keep Adobe Reader/Acrobat and Flash up to date.
  • Anti-Virus programs won't protect you if their out of date.
Computer Security Articles

Top 10 ways to spot an internet hoax.

How can you know if your computer is infected? 10 signs of infection - A simple guide explaining ten common signs that your computer has been infected.

Identifying suspicious URL's - A video that explores different approaches to identifying suspicious URLs and malicious websites.

How I'd Hack Your Weak Passwords - Details how anyone could hack weak passwords, with information on how difficult it is to crack passwords of varying length and complexity, and a list of common easy passwords.

Weak passwords stored in browsers make hackers happy - All about the dangers of storing weak passwords in your browsers. Beware the "save password" feature if you're using weak passwords.

Evolving malware attack strategies exploit online user behavior - Details how hackers and malware authors are adapting their strategies to attack users based on their online behavior.

So, you bought a fake AV. What happens next? - What happens when you fall victim to a fake antivirus and make that ill-advised purchase? This article details just that.

Say "Yes" on the Internet and Malware's Gotcha - Most internet users are hesitant about saying "no" to pop-up windows asking if they want an online virus scan, free smilies, or a browser toolbar. This needs to change.

False Malware Positive? Or Not? How Do You Decide? - How do you know whether or not your malware scanner has picked up a false positive? VirusTotal is a good way to find out.

SMS Blockers: The New Face of Ransomware - SMS blockers are the next evolution of ransomware, software that holds your computer hostage unless you pay x amount or buy something (like rogue antiviruses).

Mac spyware infiltrates popular download sites - Thought Apple's Mac OS X was bulletproof and malware free? You're wrong, and getting more wrong by the day. Malware is now infecting OS X users in much the same way as Windows users.

Is It Paranoia If They're REALLY After You On The Internet? - Malware authors really are after you. Being paranoid while browsing about isn't a bad thing at all, and could potentially save your computer from infection.

Linux infection proves Windows malware monopoly is over; Gentoo ships backdoor? - And if you thought Linux was safe and malware free, you're wrong as well. No OS is safe from viruses or malware.

PandaLabs Says the Facebook "Like" Option May Scam You - Facebook is anything but safe. Clicking "Like" can not only infect your computer with malware, but also take over your profile, and put your friends at risk.

Tips for seniors on how to avoid ID theft - A lot of simple common sense tips for seniors, or really anyone, to help avoid identity theft. The simplest solutions always seem to elude us.

17 most dangerous places on the web. An examination of the places on the web where you're most likely to get an infection.

You are 2 clicks away from Malware.

Depending on antimalware apps for internet security? an infection is on its way. Why personnel responsibility is important for keeping your data secure.

Tips for safer social networking. The popularity of social networking sites makes them and their users prime targets for cyber criminals.

Don't click ANYTHING on Facebook. With clickjacking becoming popular on Facebook, avoiding clicking links can be to your benefit.

Top 5 social engineering exploit techniques.

Poor password practices and how to change them.

How to clean malware from your computer.

5 steps to fixing a faulty internet connection.

Change your password twice a year to keep it safe.

5 reasons why you should Stop, Think, Connect.

25 worst hightech habits.