- Do not open any files attached to an e-mail from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source.
- Do not open any files attached to an e-mail unless you know what it is even if it appears to come from a friend or someone you know. Some viruses replicate themselves and spread through e-mail without the sender being aware that he/she is spreading a virus. Better be safe than sorry and confirm with the sender that he/she intentioned to send you an attachment.
- Do not open any files attached to an e-mail if the subject line is questionable or unexpected. Confirm the nature of the file with the sender before saving the file to your hard drive.
- Delete chain emails and junk e-mail. Do not forward or reply to any to them. These types of e-mail messages are considered spam, which is unsolicited, intrusive mail that clogs up the network.
- Exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus program checks the files on the download site. If you’re uncertain, don’t download the file at all or download the file to a floppy and test it with your own anti-virus software.
- Update your anti-virus software regularly. Over 500 viruses are discovered each month and you want to be protected.
- Back up your files on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your files, at least you can recover them from your back-up copy. You should store your backup copy in a separate location from your work files, one that is preferably not on your computer.
- When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and do not open, download, or execute any files or e-mail attachments. Not executing is the more important of these caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates which include those for your operating system, web browser, and e-mail. One example is the security site section of Microsoft located athttp://www.microsoft.com/security.
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