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Preventing Spyware, Adware, Viruses and Other Internet Nasties


Preventing Spyware, Adware, Viruses and Other Internet Nasties

With the proliferation of spyware, adware, viruses, trojans and other malicious software, it is critical that users protect themselves, their computers, and the campus from security attacks. The following list of guidelines will help you to minimize risk and keep your data safe.

Install and Run Antivirus Software
All Durham College and UOIT owned assets are distributed with F-Secure Anti Virus, to learn more about F-secure please visit their site at
AVG Free anti-virus is available to users for home and personal use only and is available on AVG's website                                                 
Install OS/Software Updates
Keep your operating system (OS) and applications up-to-date. Updates can fix problems with your OS and software applications, including security vulnerabilities. Utilize the automatic update feature offered by many programs and operating systems to help keep your computer protected.
Beware of Spyware, Adware and Misleading Applications
These pesky programs take up memory, slow down your computer or cause other problems.
  • Spyware can monitor your web habits and transmit information without your knowledge.
  • Adware can display ads on your computer while the program is running.
  • Misleading applications usually present themselves when you are surfing the web and use scare tactics to convince you that your system is infected.
Closely read user agreements for free programs before clicking, "I accept". Watch for allusions to spyware and adware in user agreements. Regularly scan your computer with anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-adware programs.
Protect Your Passwords & Personal Information
Don't share your passwords and always make sure you choose secure passwords that use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols, and use case sensitivity (upper and lower case letters).
Don’t fall for email scams – aka phishing attacks. Phishing attacks use spoofed emails and fake web sites to fool the recipients into divulging personal information such as user names and passwords, credit card numbers, social insurance numbers, etc. They often appear to come from legitimate sources, but most legitimate sources will never ask you to divulge personal information via email or telephone.
Backup Your Data
Reduce the risk of losing your data to a virus attack or computer crash by regularly backing up important files to a USB flash drive, a dvd, or an external drive. Durham College and UOIT users can store important files on their personal network drive(H: drive space). Which is accessible when logged onto the campus network, each user is provided 500MB of personal drive space.

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