Monday, November 28, 2005

The 10 Commandments of Detection & Protection

1. Thou shall not open any files attached to any email from an unknown, or suspicious, or an untrustworthy source!

2. Thou shall not open any files attached to an email unless you know what it is! Even if these files appear to come from a dear friend or someone that you know! Some viruses are able to replicate themselves and spread through email. Better be safe than sorry and confirm that a reliable source really sent it. Keep your email from auto forwarding to the computers of friends and families, if you are hit by a virus, a worm or a Trojan horse. Create a dummy email contact. As the first name enter: A0000. That's “A” and zeros. It should show up as your first contact. Do not enter an email address!

3. Thou shall not open any files attached to an email if the subject line is questionable, or even unexpected! If the need to do so is there always save the file to your hard drive before opening it.

4. Thou shall delete chain emails and junk email! Do not forward or reply to any to them! These types of email are considered spam, which is unsolicited, intrusive mail that clogs up the network.

5. Thou shall not open any files that you may receive from strangers.

6. Thou shall not download your Microsoft Windows updates when they are received in your Email or found in Newsgroups no matter how authentic they may look! Download windows updates only at Microsoft’s Web Site1.

7. Thou shall exercise caution when downloading files from the Internet! Ensure that the source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify that an anti-virus program checks the files on the download site. If you're uncertain, don't download the file at all or download the file to a floppy and test it with your own anti-virus software.

8. Thou shall update your anti-virus software regularly! There are over 500 viruses are discovered each month, so you'll want to be protected. These updates should be at the least the products virus signature files. You may also need to update the product's scanning engine as well.

9. Thou shall back up your files on a regular basis! If a virus destroys your files, at least you can replace them with your back-up copy. You should store your backup copy in a separate location from your work files, one that is preferably not on your computer.

10. Thou shall always err on the side of caution and do not open, download, or execute any files or email attachments! Not executing is the more important of these caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates which include those for your operating system web browser, and email.