Viruses, Worms & Phishing

Viruses & Worms Information

New computer viruses and worms appear often. Internet users should protect their computers and computer files by using up-to-date virus detection and protection software. Below are sites containing information about computer viruses and what you can do to protect your computer.

We cannot stress enough the importance of caution in opening E-mail attachments. Often an E-mail may appear to come from a trusted source when in fact it has been sent without the knowledge of the sender. One way to protect yourself against virus contamination is to be aware of potential attacks so that you may be more able to identify an infected E-mail. Checking links such as McAfee Virus Information and Symantec Security Center for current viruses and worms making the rounds on the Internet is a good idea.

Email Hoaxes
Also, be aware of E-mail SPAM. Before you forward an E-mail regarding a possible virus or worm, please check the validity of the warning. Check you anti-virus software before forwarding any attachments like pictures or documents for Viruses.

Phishing Scams
Phishing is a way for individuals to obtain sensitive information from users by posing as a legitimate company. For example, WISPWest.net emails you to update your email password cause the system is outdated and you need to respond to the email with a new password or your bank sending you an email that your account has been hacked and you need to click this link to an un-trusted or very basic site are forms of phishing. Please be careful to who you respond to and do not send any personal information through email. Always call the actual source.