you need to do to protect your computer?
While there are thousands of computer viruses, here are five simple questions
you should ask to assess your virus exposure on your desktop computer:
1) Is your software up-to-date? Look for the most recent version
of McAfee anti-virus software at www.ucalgary.ca/it/virus/. Check www.microsoft.com
for updates and security fixes for Windows and MS-Office. Check other
vendor sites for other software updates.
2) Do you know how to handle e-mail attachments? Treat all attachments
with caution. Never open attachments that are executable files (e.g.,
files ending in .exe or .com).
3) When did you last backup your system? Make periodic backups
using diskettes, zip disks, CD-RW or whatever works for you. Software
can always be reinstalled from the original CDs, your data may be irreplaceable.
4) How secure is your network? When Nimda was detected on networks
IT was sometimes forced to shut down the complete subnet. Other peoples
infections can impact you! You may want to consider installing a firewall.
5) Is your home machine or laptop secure and backed up too?
By now you are either infected or safe from Nimda
but are you ready for
the next virus attack?