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Cybersecurity – TIP of the Week – Keep your computer secured and learn to recognize the signs of infection


A virus or malicious program may not directly damage your computer but may instead turn it into a zombie. A zombie computer is a computer that a hacker can direct to complete certain tasks, such as attacking another target. Always keep your devices secured with antivirus protection to avoid this and complete a full system scan if you suspect your computer has been compromised. A compromised computer may begin running sluggishly, start crashing or begin performing tasks on its own.

UTHSC devices should have Carbon Black installed. You can check to see if it is installed by searching your applications. For Windows, it will be an icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen (you may need to click on the up arrow), or go to the Start button and start typing Carbon Black.  For MACs, the CB icon would be at the top of the screen, or look in /Applications for the folder “VMware Carbon Black Cloud”.  Contact the ITS Help Desk (901.448.2222) if you don’t see Carbon Black on your UTHSC owned device.

For personal devices, antimalware and antivirus protection should come from a reputable source. Windows 10 has Windows Defender already built into the operating system.

Students are eligible for one copy of the standard consumer version of Malwarebytes, provided at no additional cost to each student. Obtain your personal copy of Malwarebytes by going to https://my.malwarebytes.com/en/edu/email and entering your netid@uthsc.edu address.  You will be emailed a link to download Malwarebytes.

More information can be found at https://uthsc.edu/its/cybersecurity/endpoint.php.

Stay safe and #ByCyberSmart!