Using email securely
Many computers may already have safeguards in place to prevent viruses and other malicious software (malware) from reaching your inbox. Nevertheless, it is virtually impossible to stop them completely. Occasionally, email with viruses can get past the protective perimeter, leaving you as the last line of defense. How you handle emails with attachments or embedded links can determine whether your PC becomes infected with a virus or not.
If you do get a virus, it could result in anything from a minor inconvenience while the virus is removed from your PC to a complete shutdown of your computer network if the virus spreads rapidly throughout the system. A few simple steps can protect your PC assets from potential harm.
How best to handle suspicious emails
Consider the following points when you receive an email with an attachment:
Spam is unsolicited email, usually sent indiscriminately in bulk to a large number of people. Spam often touts an unscrupulous company’s product or service or tries to entice recipients into a scam or visiting a fraudulent website. Spam usually contains a false “from” address, otherwise known as a spoofed address. It is often sent from botnets, which are unknowingly virus-infected machines in people’s homes and workplaces.
Tips for dealing with spam:
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.