Fayette County - Ohio
Fayette County Information Systems
133 South Main Street / Suite L-17
Washington Court House, Ohio 43160
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
I.S. Manager: Mike Meadows
Following a few guidelines . . . helps prevent infected PC's
What is Malware?
Malware is any malicious program or software that’s designed to exploit a computer user. Malware is basically an umbrella term covering computer viruses, worms, Trojan, spyware, rootkit etc. Some of ‘em attack the computer programs and files while others attack users confidential data.
A Church blog or Christian youth forum isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of scare-ware, malware, worms, and Trojan horses?
They should be. In its latest annual Internet security threat report, a very large Anti-virus software manufacturer, found that “religious and ideological sites” have far surpassed pornographic & gambling websites as targets for criminal hackers. According to the company, you’re now three times as likely to encounter Malware - insidious software that can steal your data, pelt you with spam, or enslave your machine in a botnet - on your local church blog as you are on a porn site.
Don't click on email links or attachments
It's a phrase that IT personnel preach and most of you have heard repeatedly: "Don't click on email links or attachments." Yet users frequently fail to heed the warning.
Whether distracted by an email from trusted friends or colleagues, a fake package delivery notice, or the notorious desktop background downloads . . . we know not to . . . but we're simply fooled or tempted by a crafty email message. Many users forget to be wary of links and attachments included within email messages, regardless of the source. Simply clicking on an email link or attachment can, within seconds, corrupt Windows, infect other machines, disrupt an entire network, destroy critical data, and hold hostage that data for a ransom.
Users should never click on email attachments without at least first scanning them for viruses using a business-class anti-malware application. As for clicking on links, users should access Web sites by opening a browser and manually navigating to the sites in question. Do not download from an unknown sources.
Between firewalls and business-class applications for (anti-malware, anti-virus, e-mail checker and link protection)... all of which help to protect against drive-by infections, phishing attacks (in which pages purport to serve one function when in fact they try to steal personal, financial, or other sensitive information), and similar exploits. . . there are no guarantees without your cooperation.
Regardless, users should never enter user account, personal, financial, or other sensitive information on any Web page at which they haven't manually arrived. They should instead open a Web browser, enter the address of the page they need to reach, and enter their information that way, instead of clicking on a hyperlink and assuming the link has directed them to the proper URL. But even manual entry isn't foolproof.
Hyperlinks contained within an e-mail message often redirect users to fraudulent, fake, or unauthorized Web sites. By entering Web addresses manually, users can help ensure that they arrive at the actual page they intend.
You did not win $100,000,000 . . . go directly to the carrier web site to check on a package delivery . . . have IT pro change your desktop background image, If You Must . . . last but not least, if something pops up on your computer and it looks suspicious . . . IT IS.
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