Information Technology Services

Anti-Virus Tips

Use a reliable anti-virus program.

Cameron University runs the anti-virus program Forefront from Microsoft. This software will protect your work computer when logged into the CAMERON domain. For personal home computers, it would be wise to also use a reliable anti-virus program. There are some clients that can be purchased, though ITS recommends the "home version" of Forefront, which is called Microsoft Security Essentials. This program is FREE and can be downloaded from the Microsoft website.

Never open suspicious file attachments in an email

Be aware of what you click on and do within your email. Always verify that attachments are from trusted sources and that they are recognizable file types. For example, an email from a co-worker with an image attached or a Microsoft Office file attached is most likely fine, but if at anytime there is a concern, you can save the file to your computer and scan it with Forefront. If you receive an email with a strange file type, from an unknown sender, then the best practice is to delete the email and add the sender to your blocked senders list.

Regularly scan your external drives

One way viruses are spreading now is by infecting an external USB jump drive or external hard drive. Once plugged into another PC, the external device infects the computer to spread the virus. It is good practice to regularly scan external drives you use. ITS has posted an easy-to-use guide on scanning USB drives.