Don't Download Unknown or Unsolicited Programs or Files
What's the risk of downloading programs and files?
They can harbor behind-the-scenes computer viruses and spyware, or open a "back door" giving others access to your computer without your knowledge.
To help protect your computer and data:
- Only download files, apps, and plugins from trusted sources.
- Don't download plugins to view pictures, videos, music and other content online without verifying their legitimacy. These often contain malware.
- Don't download unknown software or files. Be especially cautious about free software offered online or via email.
- Use filesharing software with caution.
- Improperly configured filesharing software can allow others access to your entire computer, not just to the files you intend to share.
- Viruses and other malware can be transmitted by filesharing software; files offered by others may not always be what they say they are.
- Although filesharing is not in itself illegal, if you share or download copyrighted material without permission – even unwittingly – you are breaking both the law and UC policy and could be subject to University, criminal, and/or civil sanctions. Please see ITS’ Copyright Education web site for more information.
- Don't click on links or ads for software in email, popups, instant messages/texts, or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Don't open unsolicited attachments. If in doubt, contact the sender and ask if the attachment is legitimate.
- Don't use untrusted portable media, such as a stranger's flash drive. If the flash drive is infected, it will infect your computer.
- Never deactivate your computer's antivirus or other protective software. Set them to update frequently and automatically.
Rev. Mar 2015