Most computer virus outbreaks are easily preventable. Penn recommends all students, faculty and staff to follow these 5 simple steps to help prevent virus-related data loss.
- Back up your work
Keep backup copies of important papers, research projects and other documents.
- Exercise caution when opening e-mail attachments
Do NOT open e-mail attachments, even from senders you recognize, unless you are sure about the contents. Viruses often attach and are sent automatically via a sender's address book without the sender's knowledge.
- Exercise caution when accepting file downloads when using instant messenger programs
These are common ways of infecting your system and may give anyone on the Internet unrestricted access to your computer, all keystrokes you type, and all of your data files.
- Ensure that you have up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your computer
The University holds a site-license contract for Symantec Anti-Virus, available free of charge to students, faculty, and staff.
For more information, go to the ISC virus web site.
- Update your virus definitions daily (Windows and Mac)
Anti-Virus software vendors make easy-to-install updated virus definition files available regularly to combat new viruses. For instructions on updating your software and for recent virus alerts, go to the ISC virus web site.