For E-mail Users
Ever since people began exchanging
electronic messages, people have been trying to intercept and read them, or worse
yet spread viruses through them. And as more and more of us come to rely on e-mail
as a major form of communication, the need to address e-mail security issues has
become more urgent. A virus can be sent to you via e-mail, and you can unknowingly
pass it along. Here are some tips to avoid catching and spreading viruses:
Be aware of attachments to e-mail. They're the biggest risk. If you don't
know where they came from -particularly if they have an .EXE (executable
files), .COM (command files), or .BAT (batch files) file extension-toss
them out and don't open them.
Watch out for spam. These are e-mails that could spread your address around
to thousands of other third parties and increase your exposure to viruses.
Keep unwanted files off your computer or delete them unopened. If you don't
want it, why let it hang around and get opened accidentally?
Use anti-virus software and make backups files. There are many kinds of
software to protect you against viruses and unsolicited e-mail. Use them. And
if you do get hit, you'll be prepared if you backup all your important files.
And finally, get a second e-mail address. If you spend a lot of time on
line and regularly provide your e-mail address on the Internet, set up a separate
e-mail account strictly for personal business on secure sites you trust. For more
tips on e-mail and generally having a better on line experience check out www.learnthenet.com.