I had students post attachments in a discussion board rather than just type their post for the first time ever, and I'm really hesitant to download and open the files. Does anyone know if Canvas does any type of virus/malware scan of attachments?
Hi Rachel Bzostek Walker. This is a good question and arose earlier in the year (see Security/Safety of Attachments). This previous post has links to some information that may be helpful in your situation. I would think that any files would be scanned by the antiviral software someone has installed on their computer during the download process. Most institutions will provide some type of antivirus/malware program for faculty/staff so it may be worth this individual's time to contact IT at your institution to see about computer-level protection. You might also contact Canvas Support to see if they have more information than what is provided in the links in the other question.
If the instructor does not want students to submit attachments in discussions, you might let this individual know that this can be tuned off in either individual discussions (see information here, How do I allow students to attach files to a course discussion?) or for the entire course under the course settings and "more options".
I hope this helps and best wishes!
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