With the spiraling increase in spam, viruses
and other harmful and/or unpleasant things, these are some pointers to help you
protect yourself, your identity, and your data from unknown and unforeseen
Purchase and install a
new antivirus program that updates itself automatically. Always let your
antivirus program update itself. Recently there have been multiple
updates per day for most antivirus programs. Failure to keep updated
virus definitions could be extremely detrimental to your computer's
IGS K-W recently began
scanning all incoming e-mail for viruses, however, we cannot scan
outgoing messages, nor can we protect you against other Internet related
threats. Some websites can force downloads onto your computer, and
Peer-To-Peer networks and Instant Messaging programs are wide open to
attack from the outside world. A good, current antivirus program will
prevent scripts from executing on your computer and will also scan open
ports to prevent unseen attacks.
Never open unexpected
or suspicious attachments, regardless of whom they are from.
Never reply to
unwanted "spam". Simply delete the message. The
"opt-out" tag lines on the bottom of emails are usually just a
way for spammers to harvest legitimate addresses that they can in turn
sell to other spammers.
Never put your email
address on a website form if you do not know who the site owners are, or
if the site is not secure.
If an email promises
you things that seem too good to be true, they are. Don't be scammed by
Be aware of the
difference between secure and non-secure websites. Any financial,
shopping, or personal information garnering site should be secure. You
can tell if a site is secure by seeing the address as https:// and in
the bottom right hand corner of your browser you should see a small
padlock. By right-clicking on the form you should also be able to view
the certificate details, outlining the owner of the site and the
security standards of the website.
Consider purchasing a
Firewall product, such as Norton Firewall, or Zone Alarm. These products
will close any open ports on your computer that can be exploited by
hackers and viruses. Be sure to always keep all products updated.
(such as Kazaa) and Instant Messaging programs are susceptible to any
number of viruses and trojans, so keep your antivirus program current to
scan all open ports.
Always log out from
secure websites, such as your financial institution.
Delete your Temporary
Internet Files on a regular basis
Have the most current
version of your Internet browser as you can. Make sure that your
security settings are at 128-bit encryption.
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