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Security - Passwords

When a computer is connected  to the network, securing the machine should have priority as it may be compromised by virus, worms, Trojans, malware, spyware and other malicious software. In order to keep the computer secure ensure your operating system and antivirus software is up-to-date.

Anti virus programs

It is vital that all your computers , both at work and at home  are secured with an up to date antivirus software. McAfee Antivirus Products are free of charge for all staff and students of the University for their home computers as well as work computers. It is also available for Windows,Linux and  Mac platforms.

Please find the free downloads and more information at

Operating system updates

Keep all Operating Systems and other applications up to date.

E-Mail and Web Scams

Many types of scams abound on the internet and are some times made worse unknowingly by well meaning netizens.

The common ones we come across at the Vet School are :-

Rogue security and Software Scams

PC users while surfing the net may get  a legitimate looking security warning pop up window that report the computer has viruses. It then goes on to ask you to download  a certain virus remover  to get rid of it. This is a fake virus alert

NEVER click on pop-up alerts! Do not  even click on the cross to delete the pop-up alert as this may result in getting more pop-ups. Instead,

hit control + alt + delete to view a list of programs currently running and delete the pop-up alert from the list of running programs.

If you  get a virus alert, please call the IT Office immediately. We need to to ensure the computer is clean and if it was a legitmate virus ,we need to stop it from spreading to other machines.

Phishing Scams

These are attempts to acquire confidential information such as banking details, passwords, personal identity data etc and you have to be ever vigilant not to fall for them.