Malware protection

Your computer can be harmed by more than just people who have access to it. Malicious software, or malware, can allow your data to be accessed or your computer to be misused. Please keep the following tips in mind to protect yourself:

Keep installations to a minimum

Only install programs that you need for your work activities.

Work with restricted rights

If you have administrativ rights on your computer, work only with restricted rights to keep your computer from being infected by harmful software.

Use a firewall

Rely on a firewall. It can protect you against malware or hacker attacks.

  • Both Mac OS X and Windows have an integrated firewall enabled by default. Deactivate it only if you utilize another firewall product.
  • Diverse firewall products are also available for Linux, of course. You can find installation instructions for nearly any version.

Install antivirus software

Install antivirus software on your computer. LRZ offers the Sophos antivirus software at no cost to TUM students and employees. Additional information is available at:

Keep software up-to-date

Every operating system can be configured to automatically install important updates. While many software packages also have this feature, others have to be updated manually.

Beware of suspicious emails and unknown USB sticks

To prevent someone from invading your computer, never open suspicious emails or attachments.

Never plug in a USB stick unless you are sure of where it came from. USB sticks can also contain malware. For more information on this topic, read the article "The wolf in USB clothing."

Beware of browser ads

  • Even browser ads can be misused in order to propagate malicious software. Read here to learn how you can avoid this situation.