4.2 Protecting yourself from threats

Data systems are constantly under threat from unauthorized attacks and different malware. You can take steps to prevent malware from spreading and minimize the damage they can do to your files. In this section, we will discuss the following issues:

  • the best ways to make back-up copies
  • how to use Internet services safely
  • what security updates are and how to protect your computer with a so-called firewall.

The workstations at the computer centres at UH are equipped with anti-virus programs and firewalls that protect the computers automatically while they are being used. The operating systems are also updated automatically, so you do not have to worry about them. However, these things are your responsibility when it comes to your home computer.