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Whether used for business or for the home, all PCs are prone to attacks from viruses and trojans. However there are just as many hoaxes perpetrated via e-mail that result in just as much down-time and ‘panic traffic’. Can you tell the difference? Can you afford to be wrong?

Following the basic rules of IT security will eliminate most of the risk - developing and enforcing an IT Policy especially regarding PC & Internet abuse is even better.

  • don’t trust the security that comes with your operating system (OS) - it will almost certainly be flawed.
  • check the OS suppliers web-site regularly for security warnings, patches or service packs.
  • if you don’t have a firewall, get one - if you have one make sure it is properly configured
  • use a commercial anti-virus product, not an out-of-date cover disk demo
  • never open email attachments from sources you don’t know
  • still scan attachments from sources you do know before opening them
  • NEVER open an attachment with a multiple extension i.e filename.mp3.txt   Multiple extensions usually spell trouble!!..

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