Viruses are small computer programs designed to spread between computers and interfere with normal operations of your computer. A virus may disguise itself as something you want or need, like an email from a friend. It may also be undetectable and spread to other users without your knowledge.
Spyware is a different type of program that may display unwanted advertisements, track websites you visit, or disclose personal information to others. Again, these programs may run silently or interfere with normal operations of your computer.
What We're Doing to Help Protect You:
- Labouré has chosen Webroot SecureAnywhere Antivirus to protect our faculty and staff computers as well as those in classrooms and labs. Webroot is a world leader in enterprise IT security and control.
- Whether working in the office or remotely on your Labouré computer, Webroot SecureAnywhere is connected to the cloud and provides continuous virus and malware protection.
- Viruses detected on our network are automatically reported to the IT department, which helps us respond to threats and outbreaks more quickly.
- Webroot regularly checks for updated virus definitions and is always active.
- NOTE: If your system should become infected, the system notifies the Helpdesk immediately, and Webroot SecureAnywhere will display a pop-up window alert on your workstation. When this occurs, please contact the Helpdesk at (617) 207-3625 directly.
- As a part of our Written Information Security Program (WISP); Labouré College provides Information Security training to all employees distributed by Proofpoint, Inc. Each month, users are assigned a 10-15 minute security training module, completed of these modules is required before their due date.
How Can I Protect Myself?
- Know what you are installing. Just because an advertisement on a website says you need to install something, it doesn't mean you should.
- Trust your instincts. Advertisements often pose as antivirus tools and claim your computer is infected. If you click something and immediately are asked for your credit card, you're probably about to fall for a scam.
- Be wary of hidden threats. Want to watch a video but need to download a new plug-in first? Most reputable sites use technology your web browser already has.
- Update your web browser. Modern browsers have enhanced technology that can warn you of known infected sites, prevent automatic downloads, and protect your personal information.
- Ask a friend. Have a friend who is tech savvy? It probably won't hurt to wait a few minutes before you click "download" and ask someone else's opinion. Or we can help you if submit a support request by clicking the link on the desktop of your Labouré workstation.
- If you aren't expecting it... don't open it! Viruses often spread via email attachments. If you get an attachment and aren't expecting it, it's safer to just delete it. Even if it's from a trusted friend, call to make sure they really sent the message.
- Run antivirus software. Running antivirus is a simple way to detect things you might not notice.
The Helpdesk recommends Microsoft Security Essentials for students' personal computers, it comes pre-installed on Windows computers and is very effective at stopping viruses and spyware when kept up to date.