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Cyber Security Awareness Month: Keep a Clean Machine
Author: Office of Information Technology
Posted: October 11, 2017

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and throughout the month we’ll be sharing steps you can take to keep your personal data safe. This week we take a look at keeping your computer updated, protected from viruses and malware, and running smoothly.

What is a clean machine?

We live in the information age and the internet has become as ubiquitous to us as cars or bicycles. And just like cars or bicycles, our internet-capable devices need to be kept clean and running smoothly to keep us safe when we're using them.

Keeping a clean machine, whether it's a computer or a smartphone, means making sure these key components are up-to-date: antivirus programs and other security software, internet browsers, and operating systems. Before you download an app or a software program, check to see if it comes from a trusted source and be aware that it may have access to your personal data and location.

How you can keep a clean machine

Automate software updates

Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.

Protect all devices that connect to the internet

Any device that connects to the internet, whether it's a gaming system or a fancy refrigerator, needs protection from viruses and malware. Read about how anyone at PSU can download McAfee AntiVirus for free.

Plug & scan

USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

Use a PSU machine

OIT keeps the software on the university's computers up-to-date and running smoothly. Students can access a PSU machine at any of the computer labs on campus.

Let OIT clean it for you

If you're a staff or faculty member using a PSU machine, OIT will keep it clean by managing your antivirus protection and software updates!

Stay tuned for more tips on how to keep your devices secure and your data safe.

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