When Brian overheard his officemate, Jack, say he suspected his computer had been hacked due to its odd and unexplained behavior, he became concerned. The computer behavior Jack described--slow performance, frequent crashes, spontaneous restarts and websites opening without his prompting--matched the recent behavior of Brian’s computer. Brian had ignored the symptoms, thinking his computer was just acting up. Given the sensitive nature of the data Brian sometimes worked with, he realized it’s best to report the strange behavior to protect himself and the university.
Being a pro-active conscientious computer user is one of the best methods for safeguarding your computer. Tools like antivirus software can supplement a diligent approach to browsing and general computer use. Learn more about keeping your computer healthy and the tools that can help you do it at: https://www.cusys.edu/itsecurity/docs/Module10-Hacked-Newsletter.pdf.
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