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Secure Your Data

Video: Computer Security Tips
Learn more about safe computing habits with this short video from UIT.

Security Tips & Best Practices
Keeping your system and data secure by following good security practices can help others in the University community benefit from decreased risk. The following security best practices have been sorted based on your needs.

Viruses & Other Malware
Virus is a malignant software executable that installs on your computer from a network. It slowly destroys your personal files and requires you to reformat your hard drive, re-install your operating system, and reinstall all your applications from scratch. Are you experiencing any similar symptoms? Learn more about virus, malware and how to secure your computer from these attacks.

Security Tools
Software patches and updates are released periodically to fix bugs and fill the loopholes that were exploited in the previous releases by virus and other malware attacks. Even if you did not apply updates or patches the system will work, but in the long run this opens doors for malware attacks. Learn how to apply updates and patches for your system.

Spam and Phishing Emails
Spammers and Phishers are getting better every day at making their messages look authentic. They often ask for information such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information. Never respond to any email requesting your confidential information. UH and other legitimate businesses will never ask for this information via email. Learn how to identify spam and phishing emails and protect yourself.

A firewall is a software program that is built in to a computer's operating system. It has to be turned on for protection. The firewall has to be configured manually in order to determine the computer's defense against unwanted incoming connections.