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Tips for preventing malware infections

The CyberSafe at USPS site on Blue offers additional tips on shielding postal computers from malware.

Protecting the integrity of Postal Service computer systems includes shielding them from malicious programs called malware, the CyberSafe at USPS  team advises.

Malware is specifically designed to damage computer systems. The programs are often embedded in emails and removable media, such as USB flash drives.

Malware can attach to emails, multiply and spread between devices, compromising the confidentiality of USPS information.

To protect Postal Service computers from malware, follow these tips:

  • Scan incoming files with antivirus software before loading or saving them to Postal Service computers.
  • Scan outgoing files with antivirus software before sending them to another computer or user.
  • Scan all removable media, such as USB or other flash drives, with antivirus software before opening or accessing any of the files on them.
  • Don’t download unapproved programs from the Internet.
  • Don’t open unsolicited or suspicious emails or attachments.
  • Don’t disable automatic virus scanning programs.

If you suspect your computer or device is infected with malware, call the Computer Incident Response Team at 866-877-7247 or email the CyberSafe at USPS team.

Additional tips are available on the Blue CyberSafe at USPS site.

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