Safe Computing Tip: Protect Yourself from Malware

IT Services wants to remind you to be always be especially wary of email attachments purporting to come from your tax preparer or similar organizations. Such emails pretend to come from legitimate places such as the IRS, HR Block, UPS, and USPO. Opening such attachments activates the malware which can give hackers complete control of your machine. Most often you will notice nothing unusual on your machine once the malware is installed, and your antivirus software most likely will not recognize it. Such malware often steals passwords or other data.

If you are not expecting the attachments, even from people you know, DO NOT download or open the file. If you are unsure, call your tax preparer or the purported sender to verify that the email is legitimate.

To learn more about how to protect your computer and personal data, visit https://itservices.uchicago.edu/page/email-phishing-scam. Please contact IT Services Security at security@uchicago.edu or call 773-702-2378 if you have questions.