Why You Should Care:
Because malware (spyware, adware, viruses, worms, etc.) is everywhere, a hacker could make your life miserable, data could be destroyed, your identity could be compromised, and you could lose your network privileges.
What You Can Do:
- Know Thy Enemy
Malware ("malicious software") is an umbrella term for a variety of threats to your device's well-being, and includes: spyware, bogus anti-virus apps, rogueware, viruses, scareware, trojan horses, and worms. Malware can lurk in email or on websites and once encountered, may replicate, attach itself to other programs or files, and/or perform unwanted and unauthorized tasks. Many types are created to intentionally damage files or your entire hard drive, whereas others may cause minor annoyances. Unfortunately, even seemingly innocuous malware could trigger unexpected side effects and system crashes, plus the presence of malware may not be easily detected and could spread through the sharing of files, flash drives, and email. In addition to updating your computer's operating system, it is important to protect your computer with an anti-malware program. Visit the software download pages for recommended anti-malware/virus products.
- Download Software to Protect You Against Viruses and Malware
» Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows 7 (part of Windows 8) | Windows Defender (part of Windows 10)
» System Center Endpoint Protection for Windows (for Brown-owned computers)
» Sophos Home Edition for Macs (Home Edition; free version for personally-owned computers)
» Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection for Mac (for Brown-owned computers)
- Enable your Personal Firewall
A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet. (from Microsoft's What is a firewall?) If you use a computer running on your own network, making sure the firewall is turned on is a good idea. By default, WIndows computers (OS 7 and higher) have a built-in firewall that is on by default.
» More about Windows firewalls | For Macs: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), OS X Mavericks (10.9), OS X Yosemite (10.10), OS X El Capitan (10.11), macOS Sierra (10.12)
- Protect your Mobile Device, Too
» We also recommend that you install a security app for your device. See Creating a Safe Environment for Your Mobile Device for details.
- Use a Brown Secure Wireless Connection
» Login at wifi.brown.edu. More details Connect to Brown's Secure Wireless Network.