Computer Safety

by Christi Sommerfeldt, MLIS Canton, NY

Malicious software - or malware- costs consumers billions of dollars each year and threatens the security of computer and Internet users, personal and corporate.  Many preventative measures exist that help keep you safe from attacks including:

  1. Installing computer security software and updating it regularly
  2. Not opening any email attachments (especially .exe files) from unknown sources
  3. Keeping up to date with patches
  4. Only downloading from credible sources
  5. Applying a pop-up blocker and closing pop-ups by right-clicking on the toolbar, not by clicking    on the ‘x’ in the corner

To learn more and find information on how to be protected from malware, there are a number of resources below that can help:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): Secure Computing
  2. Microsoft Windows Security and Utilities: Help to keep your PC safe
  3. OS X Security Tips: Four easy ways to protect your Mac from malware
  4. SANS Institute: Security Awareness Tip of the Day Blog
  5. Top Ten Reviews:  Anti-malware Software Reviews

Mobile devices are the new target for malware.  As more consumers depend on our smart phones to access data (email, Internet banking, shopping), malicious code writers are using the opportunity to steal data from unprotected users.  BullGuard provides a neat infographic1  of information about this new threat -- something to consider if you have a Smartphone.  For more information explore their blog as well as MIT’s page on protecting mobile devices.

1 "Mobile Security & Malware Protection." BullGuard. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.

2 "Mobile Devices." Information Systems & Technology. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, n.d. Web. 15 May 2014.