Best Practice: Rules for Virus Prevention (downloadable file)
David P. Jones III
Best Practice: Rules for Virus Prevention
1.Always run the standard anti-virus software provided by ANSBI.
2.Never open any files or macros attached to an e-mail from an unknown, suspicious, or untrustworthy source.
3.Never open any files or macros attached to an e-mail from a known source (even a coworker) if you were not expecting a specific attachment from that source.
4.Be suspicious of e-mail messages containing links to unknown Web sites. It is possible that the link is a malicious executable (.exe) file disguised as a link. Do not click on a link sent to you if you were not expecting a specific link.
5.Never copy, download, or install files from unknown, suspicious, or untrustworthy sources or removable media.
6.Avoid direct disk sharing with read/write access. Always scan DVDs, CDs, removable media, floppy diskette for viruses before using it.
7.If instructed to delete e-mail messages believed to contain a virus, be sure to also delete the message from your Deleted Items or Trash folder.
8.Back up critical data and systems configurations on a regular basis and store backups in a safe place.
9.Regularly update virus protection on personally-owned home computers that are used for business purposes. This includes installing recommended security patches for the operating system and other applications that are in use.