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How To Protect against threats

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Secure Your Email

  • Only open email attachments that come from a trusted source and that are expected
  • Scan email attachments with Norton AntiVirus prior to opening
  • Delete all unwanted messages without opening
  • Keep security patches up to date
  • If you suspect an email is spam, do not respond, just delete it
  • Consider disabling the email’s preview pane and reading emails in plain text
  • Be extremely wary of emails asking for confidential information
  • Confirm the authenticity of a suspicious request before responding in email

Browse the Web Safely

  • When visiting a website, type the address directly into the browser rather than following a link
  • Only provide personal information on sites that have "https" in the web address or have a lock icon at bottom of the browser
  • Do not provide personal information to any unsolicited requests for information
  • Allow only authorized programs to connect to the Web
  • Do not accept or open suspicious error dialogs from within the browser
  • Spyware may come as part of a "free deal" offer - Do not accept free deals
  • Install product updates and security patches before using the internet
  • Keep web browser up to date with latest patches
  • Make sure your computer is configured securely
  • Automatically shield newly discovered security holes

Safeguard Your Instant Messenger(IM)

  • Don't open attachments or click on Web links sent by someone you don't know
  • Don't send files over IM
  • If a person on your Buddy list is sending strange messages, files, or web site links, terminate your IM session
  • Remove viruses from IM with your AntiVirus
  • Reject all Instant Messages from persons who are not on your Buddy list
  • Do not click on URL links within IM unless from a known source and expected
  • Never send personal information through an IM
  • Keep your IM software up to date
  • Keep your operating system and security software up to date