Security Alerts

Malware Protection

Malware is any software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems, including viruses, trojan horses, worms, adware, clickware or scareware. Malicious emails can be sent from people you know, or may just look like they are coming from someone you know. Malware attachments are commonly found in .zip files, but can also be found in .pdfs, .exe files, and even Word and Excel documents. How do you protect yourself from malware?

How do you protect yourself from malware?

LMU managed computers have McAfee security software installed on them, which protects against most forms of malware. LMU also has licenses available for personal use for students, which can be received on a thumb drive from TechOn2 on the 2nd floor of the William H. Hannon Library. While ITS will keep McAfee software current on LMU-owned computers, new threats occur daily and personal computers should be updated regularly as well.

Additionally, follow these guidelines:

  • Don't open email attachments or downloaded files without verifying that they came from a reputable source.
  • If you aren't expecting an email attachment from someone, proceed with caution.
  • Be wary of clicking links in email messages, especially long URLs from people you don't know. It is safer to visit the site by typing its URL into your browser or, if applicable, using an existing shortcut that you have to the site.
  • Be alert of fake virus warnings, often within web browser windows, that encourage you to download, install, or purchase unfamiliar software.
  • Heed warnings from web browsers, search engines, and security products that try to protect you from known or suspected threats.

Remember, ITS only sends official notification either through MYLMU Blast or LMUITS@lmu.edu. And we would never, ever, ask for your password! Stay aware and keep your computer safe!