You should always observe the following basic rules, especially if you administer your device yourself. Devices that are administered by the URMZ receive necessary security updates and virus protection programmes automatically.
Protection programmes such as virus scanners can considerably increase security when surfing the Internet. However, no programme offers 100% protection. In addition, one should always bear in mind that a virus scanner itself can have security gaps. Pre-installed virus protection, such as Windows Security, offers basic protection for surfing the Internet. As with all software, the following therefore applies: always keep it up to date.
Virus protection is already installed on devices administered by the URMZ.
Use a firewall
Use strong passwords
Download and install only from reliable sources
If you require software for a device procured by the university or administered by the URMZ, always contact the URMZ, Software Procurement first.
Install only software from reliable sources, e.g. from the supplied data carriers or the manufacturer's website. Free software, which is offered by various platforms, can be afflicted with adware or other malware. Therefore, always obtain software from the manufacturer's website, if possible.
Only work with necessary rights
Users of workstations administered by the URMZ work without administrative authorisation.
The effects of a successful attack by malware will be less, the lower the rights of the affected user in the operating system are designed. Therefore, it is important that you are only logged on to the IT system with the rights necessary to complete the task at hand. "Administrator rights" are only needed for administration and not for researching on the Internet or working with word.
You can find more information on this topic at: user account
IT Service Desk
(University Computer and Media Center)
Centre for Communication and Information (KIZ) / Room 0.11