Continuing our "Cyber Essentials" blog series targeted at protecting yourself against cyber threats, today's blog topic covers Anti-Virus.
Today's guest blog contributor is Eric Varela. Eric is a student here at CSU Channel Islands majoring in Information Technology with a minor in Security Systems Engineering.
- Obtain anti-virus software only from known, trusted sources and vendors. It is a common ploy of cyber attackers to distribute fake anti-virus programs that are really malware.
- Make sure your anti-virus automatically scans portable media, such as USB drives, and ensure real-time protection is on.
- Pay attention to on-screen warnings and alerts generated by your anti-virus software.
- Do not disable or uninstall your anti-virus software. Disabling your anti-virus software will expose you to unnecessary risk.
- Do not install multiple anti-virus programs on your computer at the same time. Doing so will most likely cause the programs to conflict with each other.
- Learn to recognize the warnings that your anti-virus software produces. Cyber attackers can create malicious websites that post realistic, but fake, anti-virus warnings and offer to “fix” your computer.
Derived from sans.org