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Security Tips

Prepare Yourself

• Explore K-State Security page for updated information.
• Take the IT Security Training.
• Understand the threat that phishing scams present.

Top Four Security Tips

  1. Use a more secure browser. Firefox and Chrome are historically more secure than Internet Explorer. Installing “Ad-Block” for Firefox or Chrome provides another level of security.
  2. Keep your computer up to date. Keeping current on Windows Updates and Apple Software Updates will secure your computer from new and potential threats. Current threats have caused K-State to take proactive measures and scan all computers on all K-State networks to ensure the latest security updates are installed. Your computer could be blocked from network access if it does not have up-to-date security patches and AV definitions. 
  3. Browse safely. Visiting shady sites or clicking on advertisements are easy ways for your computer to become infected.
  4. Don't install “extras." Be suspicious of websites that ask you to install an add-on, toolbar, “viewer,” etc.

Additional Tips to Avoid Viruses and Malware

  • ANY computer can get a virus. This includes computers that use Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The common notion that Apple Mac and Linux computers are immune to viruses is false. Always use virus protection, and always keep it up to date. Keep in mind that no antivirus software can be 100 percent effective, even if it is up to date and protecting your computer properly; virus protection still depends on browsing safely and not installing suspicious software.
  • Keep your computer up to date. Regularly check for system and software updates. Most viruses work by exploiting flaws in your operating system and software that are normally patched preventively through regular updates. Check for updates at least once a week, and run updates when prompted by software that you have installed on your computer, such as Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Java and iTunes.
  • Practice safe browsing habits. Avoid visiting websites you are unfamiliar with. Sites that offer illegal or suspicious content, such as streaming pre-release movies and unauthorized television shows, frequently have content or ads that may be malicious. Sites with flash games are also a common source of malware and viruses.
  • Avoid clicking on pop-up and banner ads. These sorts of ads can lead you to malicious websites that may gather information about you or attempt to phish your identity. Even trusted sites such as Facebook, Google or Yahoo can serve malicious ads unknowingly, or have legitimate ads that link to infected websites that have been hacked to phish your information.

Be cautious with websites or pop-up ads that claim your computer is infected with viruses, malware or spyware! Do not trust websites or ads that claim you need additional protection for your computer. NEVER click on these ads or download anything from these sorts of sites. When in doubt, call or stop by the ResNet Help Desk before taking any action. Never give your credit card information to an untrusted source!