Using Antivirus Tools

Credits Neil Blazevic, Mallory Knodel Last Updated 2016-03

This fundamental level module addresses the basics of what malware is, how user devices can become exposed to it, and how to mitigate the risks that malware poses through safe behaviors, basic practices, and informed use of antivirus software.

Learning Goals for Participants

  • Learn the basics of what malware is and where it comes from;
  • Understand how devices become exposed to malware;
  • Learn to identify the various components of a potentially harmful e-mail;
  • Understand how harmful emails can be targeted to users, including phishing, e-mail spoofing, URL obfuscation and similar-domain attacks;
  • Learn what antivirus software is, its importance, and how to use it safely and intelligently.


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