Information Security

Use anti-virus

Anti-virus software protects your computer from software viruses, and prevents you from accidentally passing them to people you work with.

Computer viruses get into computers:

  • via email
  • by clicking on infected links (on social media sites or compromised websites)
  • from infection by other people's computers that have been compromised
  • through the network, especially if you have not kept your software up to date (with the latest security patches)

Using anti-virus software not only protects your computer from viruses, but also prevents you from being the person who transmits them to others, to your friends and to the people you work with.

New computer viruses are being created all the time. It is important to keep your anti-virus software up to date so that it is able to recognise them.

Windows Antivirus

The University has licences for windows anti-virus software covering your computers at home and at work.

Apple Mac anti virus

Anti-virus software for staff, to protect home and non-supported macs from being infected with malware.

What is malware?

The term malware comes from blending the words malicious and software together.

Malware includes:

Virus (Viruses)
The generic term for any software that self replicates. Computer viruses these days try to do more than self-replicate; they almost always do some kind of harm.
Keyloggers
Devices or software that record everything you type including your usernames, passwords, for example: your bank! A keylogger device could be attached to your keyboard cable if a cyber criminal has sneaked in and gained acces to your computer.
Spyware
Software once installed on your computers, detects what you do and can transmit this to hackers or cyber criminals. It can be similar in operation to sfotware keyloggers.
Trojan horses
Malicious software that lurks inside software that you thought was nice or useful.
Rootkits
Malware that once installed, provides an easy way for hackers to get back in to your computer at any time they choose.
Worms
Malware that probes through the network for vulnerabilities in your computer or in our servers and network devices.

 

What does anti-virus software do?

Anti-virus software scans a computer's memory and disk drives for viruses. If a virus is found the anti-virus software will notify the user and can clean, delete, or quarantine any infected files.