Computers can be attacked by viruses, Spyware, spam and hackers. A computer virus is a small program that spreads from one computer to another and it may corrupt or delete data from a computer and eventually take over the computer. An email virus travels as an attachment and sometimes does not even require a double-click. The virus can launch as the infected message is viewed in the preview pane!
Spyware is software hidden in a computer that gathers personal information and transfers to an outside source. Some indications that Spyware is on a computer:
McAfee Antivirus is the recommended, Emory-supported antivirus software for Macs and PCs. It is available to qualified members of the Emory community at no charge from http://software.emory.edu.
While there is always risk to your computer and data associated with online activities, a few simple guidelines can minimize that risk. Here are some simple steps to follow for Online Computer Safety.
If your computer gets hacked or infected by a virus: