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Virus Prevention



Guidelines for Virus Prevention

         Always run dependable anti-virus software that supports automatic updates and check periodically to ensure it is up-to-date.

         NEVER open any files attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or untrustworthy source. Delete these emails immediately, then "double delete" them by emptying your Deleted Items.

         Delete spam, chain, and other junk email immediately, preferably BEFORE reading it.

         Never download files from unknown or suspicious sources. Be careful of downloading "Free" software.

         Avoid direct disk sharing with read/write access unless there is absolutely a business requirement to do so.

         Always scan a floppy diskette, DVD/CD/RW, or Flash Drive for viruses before using it.

         Back-up critical data and system configurations on a regular basis and store the data in a safe place.

         If lab testing conflicts with anti-virus software, run the anti-virus utility to ensure a clean machine, disable the software, then run the lab test. After the lab test, enable the anti-virus software. When the anti-virus software is disabled, do not run any applications that could transfer a virus, e.g., email or file sharing.

         New viruses are discovered almost every day. Periodically check the Lab Anti-Virus Policy and this Recommended Processes list for updates.



See also: Safe on the Internet

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