eset anti virusUp-to-date Anti Virus software is crucial to maintaining a clean, safe computer.

Important Security Steps:

  • Create a hard-to-guess personal password, and change it often (every 30 days is best).
  • Never open an e-mail attachment unless you expect it, recognize the attachment name and document type.
  • Avoid opening e-mail messages with confusing, misspelled or nonsensical subject lines.
  • Configure the computer operating system for automatic updates.
  • Turn the computer off when not using it.

If you become infected with a virus…

  • Immediately disconnect the computer from the network.
  • Run a complete computer scan using good anti virus software.
  • Attempt to remove all viruses, worms and other malicious software found.
  • After removing infections, reconnect computer to the network.
  • Download all recommended operating system and application updates/fixes.

Did you just receive an attachment in email and you’re not sure who sent it, or what it is? Don’t open it!

When visiting a web site, did you get a pop-up asking if it’s ok to install some software you’re not sure of because you’ve never heard of it? Don’t say “OK”!

The rule is “If You’re Not Sure, Don’t Do It”.

If you are faced with a suspicious popup, don’t click ok and don’t click cancel (either of which can prompt a download). Close the window from the Task Manager.

Not sure about some security warning you’ve been given? Don’t ignore it.

Mac users in the past have not been exposed to the same threats and attacks as PCs, and have been less concerned with anti virus software. Because Apple’s market share was so small, virus and spyware authors got little publicity or financial gain from infecting the Mac, but that has changed with Mac’s rising popularity.

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