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Be On Alert for Malware!
Posted by Lacinda A Riesland on 04 November 2011 06:34 PM
Keep Anti-Virus Installed & Up To Date - UAB provides Anti-virus software for your office and home computers. No matter what a popup has claimed to find, DO NOT allow any unsolicited application to "fix" a virus problem on your computer.

Check the link - Only click on links that point to legitimate web sites you recognize! Many malware emails and websites have links that look valid, but send you to fraudulent sites instead. If you hover your mouse over a link, it will show you where the link is pointing to. Please check all links before clicking on them! Try it with the following link- which looks like it is pointing to research.dom.uab.edu but actually points to 138.26.54.13. http://research.dom.uab.edu/ Protect your information - NEVER give out your password, social security number, credit card number, bank account information via email! Legitimate sites will NEVER email you asking for this information.

Just Say No to Free Software - While there are some great free programs out there, many freeware programs (toolbars, screensavers, music-sharing programs, etc) can also install other programs without your knowledge.

Practice safe browsing - There are hundreds of thousands of websites that contain malware, and often you don't need to do anything over than visit the website to infect your computer. Only visit websites that are trustworthy and reputable.

Be Cautious when opening links, email attachments, and other downloadable files
* If you are unsure about a website or email, seek help from your IT group first
* Never click on a link with a .exe ending
* Never open an attachment from someone you do not know
* Don't click on any links within pop-up windows
* Don't click on links in spam or pop-ups that claim to offer anti-spyware software. (These usually install malware- not prevent it!)

Trust your instincts. If you see something that sounds suspicious, it probably is!

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