Keep your system secure with FRISK Software's Guidelines for Safe Computing

7 September 2006

In today's often hazardous computing environment of large-scale networks and e-mail communication it is imperative that users be aware of the pitfalls of online computing. Infection by viruses, worms, trojans and other malicious software often cause users great loss of time and data.

Most important to your computer's health and security is the installation of high-quality antivirus software. However, there are other important precautions users can take, and a few things they should avoid. To help users keep their systems as safe as possible, FRISK software presents the following guidelines for safer computing practices:

Guidelines for safe computing:
  • Make sure you always have the latest version of F-Prot Antivirus installed on your computer and update the virus signature files regularly:

  • Be extremely careful when opening e-mail from anyone you do not know. Attachments are especially dangerous. Never run an attachment unless you know exactly what it is, even if it appears to have been sent to you by someone you know. Most worms have the ability to falsify the "From" address.

  • Make sure that your operating system is up to date. If you are using Windows, use Windows Automatic Updates and download the service packs when they are released. For more information on keeping Windows up to date, please visit Microsoft's Windows Update website.

  • If you are using Internet Explorer / Outlook Express or Office / Outlook, make sure that you always have the latest versions. Old versions may contain security holes that are used by virus writers to access your computer. Please visit Microsoft's Windows Update website to update Internet Explorer and Outlook Express and Microsoft's Office Update website to update Office and Outlook.

  • Use a firewall. When you are browsing the Internet, the firewall creates a shield between your computer and possible malicious content on the Internet. For more information click here.

  • Scan removable media (CD-ROMs, floppy disks, USB keys, external hard drives etc.) before you open or run any content on it.

  • Scan all files that you receive through the IRC, MSN, ICQ, Kazaa and other such online services.

  • Use software that detects adware and spyware. For more information click here.

Commtouch® is a leading developer of anti virus software and anti spam filtering services. Commtouch's anti virus computer software, F-PROT Antivirus, is available for a number of operating systems such as Windows, Linux, BSD, Solaris, and AIX as well as the Microsoft Exchange groupware.

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