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Now more than ever, it is critical that everyone does their part in protecting the UAB network. One of the main ways you can help protect our network is by keeping a clean machine. Here are some tips for keeping your internet-connected devices clean.

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Keep a Clean Machine

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: “USBs” and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.


Connect with Care

  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email, tweets, posts and online advertising are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or, if appropriate, mark as junk email.
  • Get savvy about WiFi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your machine.

If You Think You're Infected

Act quickly: If you are notified, become aware or suspect your computer is infected, take immediate steps to remove malware. If applicable, contact your local IT support.