Information Security TIP OF THE WEEK – Beware of Accepting Free or Found USB Flash Drives

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Beware of accepting free or found USB flash drives. They may contain viruses and/or malware that can compromise your computer.

We’re accustomed to getting free promotional items, such as t-shirts or coffee mugs with company logos on them through the mail and at trade shows. Think twice before accepting a USB flash drive as a gift or using a flash drive that you’ve found in some random location. Criminals often put viruses and malware on USB drives and leave them around, hoping victims will pick them up and use them in their computers. Protect UTHSC’s network and your computer by avoiding mysterious found or “gift” USB drives.