If you are using a computer issued to you by LUMS, it will already be configured to connect to our centralized antivirus and antimalware software. However, the majority of compromises in security happen because of carelessness and ignorance, when people:
1. Choose weak passwords that other people or machines can guess
2. Share passwords with other people or write them down somewhere they can be seen by others
3. Download and use pirated software, especially from torrent sites
4. Download and use programs from the Internet without knowing their origin or if they are safe
5. Autosave passwords for sensitive sites such as email, banks, etc.
6. Use someone else's or even your own USB stick without knowing where it's been
If you are worried that your computer might be infected, please do not try and download an antivirus tool yourself, as that might result in even more problems; always contact the IST Helpdesk first and we will guide you. Keep a backup of your data on either the OneDrive space provided with your LUMS email, or on another cloud storage provider such as Dropbox or Google Drive, for example.
You are also encouraged to read the "Protection approach" section of the LUMS Acceptable Use of Computing Resources Policy.