As many of you are aware, the Internet has been hit very hard this week with a number of computer viruses and worms. While our systems here at ____ are protected, there are some guidelines everyone should follow in order to reduce the risk of infection.
First, do not open any file attachment in your Outlook mailbox, unless you are absolutely sure it is valid. Even if the file comes from someone you know, it still could be a virus, as most of these replicate by sending themselves out to everyone in the infected system's address book. As I mentioned above, our systems are protected, but it is still best to use caution with any file attachment.
Do not download files from the Internet. There is no guarantee that the file is not already infected.
You should not check your home email from work. Our mail servers are protected; your home Internet provider's probably is not.
Many are saying that this has been the worst week in history for Internet viruses. During one test, an unprotected system was placed on the Internet; it was infected within 27 seconds. If these viruses were introduced to our network, it would have a devastating affect on our business. Please follow the above guidelines to help us keep our systems clean.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call the help desk at ext. 1270.