Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 12 - Virus Attacks
At last, there is a best practice that won’t
cost a penny. Common sense is a key asset in all of life’s
endeavors, and navigating the challenges of the Internet is no
If an email appears in the inbox of a computer
asking that an attachment be opened; the user should stop, think and
consider the following things:
Who is the e-mail from? This is a major
consideration. Never open an e-mail attachment from an unidentified
sender. There really are no exceptions to that rule. Think about
it. Why would a total stranger send an attachment? If the email is
from a friend and an attachment is about something of mutual
interest, it may be legitimate.
Internet email can be very easy to
counterfeit. If anything seems suspicious about the message,
confirm with the friend that they did indeed send something. If
they are security conscious as well, it shouldn’t surprise them to
receive such a call.
What if the message is from the president of
the company wanting to share some great news with you in the
attached file? Should it be opened? Be careful. If someone is
sending malicious email attachments; they will try to motivate the
recipients to open them. This tactic was partly responsible for the
success of the ILOVEYOU virus. If an email attachment is in
question, a little research should be conducted to attempt to
confirm whether it is legitimate before opening.
These common sense steps combined with
regularly updated antivirus software, along with making regular
backups and copies will go a long way toward keeping anyone’s data
safe from hackers.
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