There are many varieties of viruses, and some of the more harmful ones don’t even require to to open an attachment… simply opening the email itself can cause harm to your system.
If your e-mail inbox is anything like mine, it can seem an overwhelming task to sort through the massive amounts of ads, spam and chain-letters. While spam filters do their best to catch the garbage, there are bound to be a few spam that gets through. While it might seem alluring to click on the link that promises you’ve just become an instant millionaire if you only send them your bank account information so they can wire you your winnings, keep in mind the old saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
But what about those e-mails that appear to be legitimate? Perhaps something from your bank, credit card company or shipping carrier. Keep in mind that legitimate organizations will never ask you for sensitive information, such as username, password or account details. In today’s fast-paced society, it can be easy to overlook something based on the appearance of legitimacy. If you receive an e-mail from a reputable company, such as your banking institution, and you question its validity, don’t hesitate to contact the company directly for additional information.
It is important to keep your identity and personal information safe at all times. When surfing the internet, sometimes it can be problematic to know what a “bad” website is. If you are unsure about a website, then it’s probably a safe bet to stay away from it. Also, pay extra attention to websites that you will be entering in any private information, such as personal data or credit card details. Make sure, before you input any information that you are on a secure website. Secure websites can easily be identified in the address bar, as they will begin with “https”. This means that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted via a secure channel.
Practicing Safe Computing doesn’t have to consume your time or detract from the enjoyment of surfing the internet. By keeping your virus definitions up-to-date, performing safe and smart e-mail operations, and completing routine monthly system scans, you can protect yourself from many of the dangers that exist out on the information superhighway. The internet is a big place; full of every type of information possible. There is a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips, but before you venture out onto that superhighway, make sure that you protect yourself with good virus protection, so that your experience is one of enjoyment, not frustration!