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Tips & Warnings to Avoid Spam & E-mail Viruses

The warnings and tips to the right will help you avoid spam and e-mail viruses.

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 WARNING!   Don't open an e-mail or e-mail attachment unless you expected the message and know the sender.
 WARNING!   Never respond directly to a spam e-mail message. This will only validate your e-mail address and, consequently, you may receive more spam. Forward the spam to an appropriate organization such as the Federal Trade Commission. Visit for more information.
 WARNING!   Never buy anything from a spam message.
 WARNING!   Don't download files and programs from sources you are not familiar with.
  WARNING!   Never follow the advice within an email ‘virus alert’ instructing you to remove a virus from your system without first verifying its validity. Many e-mail hoaxes and viruses masquerade as virus alerts.
 TIP   Only give your e-mail address to people you trust.
 TIP   Use the "BCC" (Blind Carbon Copy) feature of your e-mail program when emailing a large list of people. This will help keep everyone’s e-mail addresses private.
 TIP   Use a virus protection program. Be sure to update the program’s “virus definitions” as often as possible to help avoid new viruses.
 TIP   Update your software regularly. Software manufacturers such as Microsoft often release patches and software updates to address security problems.
 TIP   Back up your important e-mail and data to minimize the damage a virus can do.
 TIP   Use spam blocking software. Check and see if your ISP offers any spam filtering solutions.
 TIP   Never post your e-mail to a newsgroup, chatroom or website. Many spammers use special programs to “harvest” e-mail addresses from the Internet. If possible, use a secondary e-mail address when needed.