Safe Computing Information

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What can I do in order to remain safe while browsing the internet?

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TopperTech has compiled a list of helpful information and tips in order to promote safe computing while at WKU.

Creating Strong Passwords

  • Use passwords that are at least 6 characters in length.
  • Use a mixture of upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Use a phrase or word that is easy for you, but hard for others to guess.

Email Security

  • WKU will never ask for your information, passwords, or account credentials via email.
  • Treat unexpected emails cautiously.
  • Never open attachments from someone you don't know.
  • Send spam messages to spam@wku.edu.
  • Send phishing scam messages to phish@wku.edu.

Downloading Files

  • Only download files from trusted sources.
  • Do not download or share copyrighted files such as music or movies.
  • Do not enable file and print sharing on your computer. This can lead to others accessing your files or spreading viruses.

In order to help prevent or remove malware/spyware infections on your computer you can make use of the following free utilities which will aid in cleaning up your computer.

CCleaner - A cleaning utility that can free up unused space on your hard drive. To download CCleaner visit their website, here.

Malwarebytes - A program that works with your existing antivirus program to protect against malware and virus infections. To download Malwarebytes visit their website, here.

SUPERAntiSpyware - A program that works with your existing antivirus program to detect and remove adware and spyware programs. To download SUPERAntiSpyware visit their website, here.

If you have any questions please visit wku.edu/it/security or contact the ITS Service Desk.

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Article ID: 2176
Created
Thu 6/9/16 11:06 AM
Modified
Wed 7/15/20 11:13 AM

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