Security Tip: Keep a Clean Machine

It’s important to keep a clean machine. Keeping your Internet-connected devices free from malware and infections makes the Internet safer for you and more secure for everyone. A “machine” refers to all devices that connect to the Internet—computers, gaming systems, smartphones and tablets.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT., the global cybersecurity awareness campaign, gives us the below tips to keep our machines clean while helping all digital citizens stay safer and more secure online.

  • Keep security software current: Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats.
  • Automate software updates: Many software programs will automatically connect and update to defend against known risks. Turn on automatic updates if that’s an available option.
  • Protect all devices that connect to the Internet: Along with computers, smartphones, gaming systems, and other web-enabled devices also need protection from viruses and malware.
  • Plug & scan: USBs and other external devices can be infected by viruses and malware. Use your security software to scan them.

** LAN Services (Support) keep software on work machines up-to-date.  State users do not need to turn on the automatic updates on work machines. State users DO need to do that on your home machines.  If state workers have a question whether certain software on their work machines need updating or not, contact the Help Desk to have LAN Services look into the matter.