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Malwarebytes is a program for scanning viruses, malware and spyware. CUIT has licensed Malwarebytes as a central endpoint solution for affiliated Columbia University students, faculties, and Columbia employees.

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Current students from Columbia University, CUIMC, Barnard, Teachers College, and UTS

  • You will receive one (1) free license to Malwarebytes anti-malware software.
  • Malwarebytes requires that you validate your license every 12 months to ensure that you are a current student.

Visit CUIT's secure software download portal to download Malwarebytes.

Current faculty and staff from Columbia and CUIMC

  • If you would like to install Malwarebytes for your personal device, please visit CUIT's secure software download portal to download Malwarebytes.
    • You are assigned one (1) free license for Malwarebytes anti-malware software.
    • To meet the remote work requirements, CUIT made Malwarebytes available to employees' personal computers for the current year (2020).

  • If your computer is managed by CUIT, Malwarebytes will be automatically provisioned on your system in August 2020. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) will be removed. The easiest way To verify that you have a CUIT managed computer, check your computer to see if the CUIT Software Download Center is installed:

    • For Windows: You have the CUIT Software Center icon on your desktop.
    • For Macs: You have the Self Service Center in your applications folder.
  • If your computer is managed by a departmental IT group outside of CUIT, ask your departmental IT administrator (s) to: a Malwarebytes site request form for your specific affiliation with Columbia.
  • If you do not have a departmental IT administrator and you are an administrator of your own Columbia computer, please contact CUIT Cybersecurity at cybersec@columbia.edu.
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Why did CUIT choose Malwarebytes?

Malwarebytes Premium includes real-time malware protection and malicious URL blocking. It also includes exploit protection, ransomware protection, and behavior-based detection.

Learn more about the benefits of Malwarebytes on their website .

Is Malwarebytes intrusive? I hate popups.

Malwarebytes strives to be inconspicuous and will only notify you when necessary. The software works in the background of your computer and insights are available on a dashboard that you can keep hidden. The Product evaluation website Wirecutter recommends Malwarebytes Premium to protect against viruses and malware for Mac and Windows computers.

Why do I need anti-malware software on Mac?

Malware - This is the broad category for any malicious software designed to do things like corrupt or steal files, spy on a user by capturing photos, videos, or keystrokes, or misappropriating a user's identity - is on both Windows as well as widely used on Macs.

Malware specifically targeting Macs has increased dramatically in recent years since reported by Security Boulevard in 2019 . As Windows became more secure and Macs grew in popularity, many cyber criminals saw the opportunity to expand the scope of their attacks. Mac users tend to be a lot more complacent as the platform has a very good reputation for security. While Macs are considered relatively safe from some perspectives, it certainly has its shortcomings; No platform can be 100% secure.

Today's malware is different from what we were concerned about in the early days of computers. Early viruses generally just deleted files or displayed strange screens or windows, but today's malware is developed by cyber criminals who are there for the money. Be it by stealing your credentials for a website or service, infecting your computer with ransomware or Installation of cryptocurrency miner software , is one of the main motivators for most malware makers to make money.

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