Avoiding malware is an important topic for everyone using a computing device, regardless of the operating system. There are several steps you should consider, including installing current patch updates, avoiding unknown websites and malicious email links, and using an antivirus utility. Also, be sure to have backups of your valuable data. Though McAfee antivirus software is no longer provided for home or personal use, there are several well-known free options:
Microsoft Security Essentials is free and available for download directly from Microsoft. More information may be found here:
Windows Defender is enabled by default on all Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems. No additional software or configuration is necessary. Learn more about Windows Defender here:
Mac OS X
Avast Software offers a free comprehensive security suite for Mac. More information and a download link may be found here:
If you prefer to use another product for antivirus protection, the Information Security Office is available to discuss your protection strategy. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972.883.6810.