Ten Commandments to stay Virus free !
- Do not open e-mails coming from unknown or distrusted sources.
- Do not open any e-mail message unless you know what is it about, even if it comes from a friend or partner. Most viruses spread via e-mail messages so please ask for a confirmation from the sender if you are in any doubt.
- Do not open the attachments of messages with a suspicious or unexpected subject. If you want to open them, first save them to your hard disk and scan them with an updated antivirus program.
- Delete any chain e-mails or unwanted messages. Do not forward them or reply to their senders. This kind of messages is considered spam, because it is undesired and unsolicited and it overloads the Internet traffic.
- Do not copy any file if you don’t know or don’t trust its source.
- Be very careful when downloading files from the Internet. Check their source every time and make sure that an antivirus program already verified the files on the download site. If you are not sure about this, copy that file on your hard disk or on a floppy disk and recheck it using your own antivirus.
- Use a reliable antivirus program and update it permanently. Select an antivirus that has a resident module, so that your computer will be permanently protected.
- If you have an antivirus program installed on your system, update it regularly. An average of 500 new viruses are discovered every month. The antivirus updates should consist at least of virus signature lists, but it is desirable to keep the antivirus program updated too.
- Make file backups on a regular basis. Store these copies on removable, write-once media such as CD-R.
- Any time you have doubts about a file or message, do not download, execute or open it.
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