What is a virus?
A virus is a program that loads itself onto your computer and executes instructions that can damage your files and even delete them. Viruses can use up your computer's memory, can prevent it from booting, and will spread to other computers via diskette. Nasty cousins of viruses are worms and Trojans. Worms are viruses that spread over networks and the Internet, often by hiding within e-mail attachments or already infected network directories. They can quickly replicate by exploiting commonly used programs such as e-mail address books. Trojans infect your computer by hiding inside otherwise innocuous programs such as games, or they can arrive via e-mail. While they don't replicate as worms and viruses do, they can be just as destructive as viruses. Ransomware is the latest trend in malware that infects a computer and attempts to encrypt all files on the computer and files that computer has access to over the network.
Antivirus and Malware Protection
Antivirus is protective software designed to defend a computer against malicious software. Malicious software, or "malware" includes: viruses, trojans, key loggers, hijackers, and other code that vandalizes or steals your computer contents.
Network Access Control (NAC) - OnGuard
Network Access Control (NAC) is a networking solution that controls how computers connect to the campus network. Computers that do not meet the security requirements of NAC will not be allowed to connect to the campus network. The university is using a product called ClearPass OnGuard that checks your computer to ensure it meets the requirements of NAC along with managing access to the network. as part of NAC, users living in campus housing and connected to UNF-Wireless using their UNFID are required to have an anti-virus program installed with live protection enabled.
UNF uses Sophos and Microsoft Defender ATP anti-virus for faculty and staff. Sophos offers protection of UNF computers with its robust set of advanced features and will be licensed by UNF until June 2021. Learn more about Sophos at UNF. Microsoft Defender ATP is an enterprise endpoint security platform designed to help enterprise networks prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to advanced threats. Defender ATP is being deployed to all Windows and OSX computers at UNF starting in late 2020. Learn more about Defender ATP.
Public Anti-Virus Options
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