Update July, 2004 - Malware (viruses - Trogen horses - Spyware - adware etc) of all sorts spreading
Please practice safe computing:
It is becoming more and more widly advised to start using a browser alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer.
I have downloaded and am trying out Mozilla's Firefox. I'll keep you posted
these rules are not meant to be exhaustive but they represent the very minimum you should practice.
- ALWAYS maintain good, up-to-date virus software such as Norton® or McAfee®.
If you don't have it set for automatic update
- update often.
- DO NOT click on e-mail attachments - even if they look like they are from a trusted person until you
check to make sure
the e-mail address wasn't "stolen" by malicious hackers.
It is useful, when sending attachments, to arrange with associates to put special signaling code into your subject line
- such as initials of both
sender and recipient - (BD - my resume - TH)
- DO NOT down load junk. - Most internet service providers have a form of web mail.
Here you can look at your e-mail before
downloading it to your computer. Here you can preview e-mail and "trash" what you don't want on
line before downloading what you do want without fear of infecting your
- DO NOT send junk. - Do not resend all that cute FWD stuff you get.
It clogs the internet and you may very well be
helping spread a virus.
If you can't resist passing on that wonderful joke or cute saying "copy and paste"
the "cute" part
from incoming to your outgoing message.
- DO NOT click to web sites linked in e-mail unless you KNOW you KNOW the sender.
- DO NOT follow directions on official looking e-mail unless you are DEAD sure you know the e-mail is legitimate.
Malicious spammers will masquerade e-mail to look like it is coming from Microsoft®,(Microsoft® does not send
patches by attachment) your bank or credit card company,
an anti-virus site etc. If you are notified of something that looks legitimate, go independently to their web site or
- BACK UP - BACK UP - BACK UP I, personally like to keep my work on external discs, such as zip. These are not even
contact with my computer unless I am using them. Then if the sky falls - you still have your work -
also hackers can't access and corrupt it.
- DON'T HAVE BLIND FAITH IN A FILTER They can be hacked around!
- Good Luck - Enjoy
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