Protecting Your Computer From Viruses


With more and more businesses attached to the Internet, the need for protecting your Network from virus attacks has never been greater. Today’s viruses are not only capable of destroying your most important files and information, but they can also replicate by automatically sending themselves to everyone in your address book. Also, because new viruses are frequently created, it is not enough to simply install anti-virus software. By taking a few precautions, however, you can dramatically reduce your risk.

Tip #1: Install the latest security patches to your operations systems and email software. Microsoft frequently updates the security of their products. Many times these patches are free and can be downloaded via the Internet.

Tip #2: Frequently update your virus software. To protect your network from the latest viruses, it is necessary to update your software at least once a week. Many anti-virus software packages will let you schedule updates that occur automatically.

Tip #3: Install Corporate Anti-Virus Software. Symantec, for example, offers a corporate edition of Norton Anti-Virus that will allow your server to retrieve the latest updates at night, and push that information to your workstations automatically.

Tip #4: Maintain a regular backup and store important information on your server. If your network is attacked by a malicious virus, your information may only be as good as your most recent backup. Backups should occur nightly, and be stored offsite in a fireproof safe.

Tip #5: Be selective in the email attachments you open. Many times viruses come from trusted sources. Avoid attachments that end in .exe, .vbs, and .scr. If an email looks suspicious, check with the source before opening it.

Tip #6: Be careful of virus hoaxes. Email is circulating the Internet that asks you to scan your own hard drive and delete important system files. A virus hoaxes are not true viruses, but they can be just as disastrous.

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