Virus Detection and Prevention Tips 

  • Do not open any files attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source.
     
  • Do not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or someone you know. Verify the authenticity of the email with the individual if the attachment is suspicious.
     
  • Do not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable or unexpected. If the need to do so is there always save the file to your hard drive before doing so.
     
  • Delete chain emails and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any to them. These types of email are considered spam, which is unsolicited, intrusive mail that clogs up the network.
     
  • Do not download any files from strangers.
     
  • Exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that your own desktop antivirus is up to date through the vendor before saving and opening the file(s).
     
  • Update your anti-virus software regularly. Hundred's of viruses are discovered each month, so you'll want to be protected. Set your desktop anti-virus application to do automatic updates and verify updates weekly.
     
  • Back up your files on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your files, at least you can replace them with 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 USE CAUTION!