Good security doesn’t just happen and installing a reputable antivirus solution is a great start, but it’s not the only thing you need to remember.

Antivirus – Ensure that you keep it updated and current.  An out-of-date antivirus is worse than no antivirus because it gives you a false sense of security.

  • Windows has a built-in antivirus called Windows Defender.  This is the most affordable and readily available solution.
  • Macs have built-in protection for malware, but they don’t have built-in antivirus software.

Note: There are many reputable free or low-cost options available.
Before you buy an antivirus program, check to see if you already have access to one.

  • Many antivirus programs come with licenses for more than one device, so if your parents bought an antivirus program for their computer, it may have licenses for additional computers which means you can install it on your computer as well at no cost.
  • Some internet service providers offer free antivirus software with services, check with them to see if they provide this service to their customers.
  • Keep all of your devices password protected.  If you allow someone else to use your computer, remember that anything they do or download can affect you and your data.
  • Install security updates for your operating system and web browsers as soon as updates are available.
  • Do not click on attachments from sources you do not know or trust.  These can install software to infect your computer.

Before installing any other antivirus software, be sure to uninstall all other antivirus software on your device. This includes free trials, expired subscriptions, etc. Running two antivirus programs simultaneously can be extremely detrimental to your computer’s performance and reliability.

If your computer does become infected, contact the IT Service Desk.