Preventing Email Viruses
Some important steps you can take to protect yourself from getting a virus through email:
- Do not download or open any unknown files that are attached to an email; they could be viruses. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution, and do not open the attached files. Important: If you must download an attached file to an email, make sure to save it and scan it for viruses before you open it.
- Remember to keep your Virus Protection updated! ITS recommends you set your Virus software to auto-update. Also, be careful not to "cancel" out of auto-update if it tries to run when you are using your computer. For detailed information about virus protection, updates, downloads, and advice, go to: www.bc.edu/virus. Anti-virus software updates are made available at least once per month. Note: All BCCR computers for faculty and staff were delivered with Virus protection set to auto-update.
- Turn off macros in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. There is a widespread set of viruses known as macro viruses. These are viruses designed to run when you open a Microsoft Office product such as Word. If macros are turned off, it is unlikely that a virus will be able to launch itself and do harm to your computer.
- When using Outlook as your email program, turn the Preview feature off as an extra precaution. Learn how to turn off the Preview features in Outlook.
If you get a virus from an infected file, you should do the following:
- Inform the person you originally got the infected file from.
- Inform people who have access to the file on the network.
- Inform anyone that you emailed the infected file to.
Please do not send a warning to everyone you know. ITS can propagate such messages in an efficient manner, and these sorts of warnings can cause other problems.