Email Habits to Prevent Viruses
If you have an e-mail account,
chances are very good that you have been sent a virus at some point. If
you have an up-to-date antivirus program installed on your computer, it
should catch any instances of viruses sent here in no address, and either
safely remove them or send them to a special quarantine file. However,
not all viruses will be caught by antivirus program, particularly if it
is brand new. At more frequently, virus senders are disguising their virus
within a lake, such as sending you to pick up a postcard or view an online
game or website.
Your best defense against the
infected with an e-mail based virus is to have an up-to-date antivirus
program installed on your computer. But remember, an antivirus program
is only as good as the last update so it is imperative that you have a
valid subscription to receive the latest updates, as well as having a
set to auto update, so you don't have to remember to check for updates
If you receive an e-mail attachment,
even if it is coming from a name or email address you recognize, do not
open under any circumstances. If you think it may be legitimate, simply
e-mail the person and ask "did you just sent me an email attachment?"
It is much easier to take the timeto ask than it is to try to undo the
damage after you've opened it.
Avoid clicking on links to
visit game sites, to pick up a postcard, or go to a site that is recommended
by someone you do not know. These e-mails are often sent to encourage
you to click on a link, and that web page will then either automatically
download the virus, or incite the visitor to click on the virus installation
rate under a false pretense. Most postcard sites are aware of the problem,
and will set you an e-mail that is personalized to you, as well is giving
you the name and e-mail address at the person who sent it, as well as
your e-mail address and the name that person supplied for you.
If you follow safety now have
its, you'll greatly reduce the chance that you'll get infected through
e-mail. Be sure your antivirus program is up-to-date and be very cautious
about the links you click in e-mails you receive.