Tip #2 Never open e-mail attachments.
Ok, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but make sure that the e-mail attachment that you’re opening is something that you were expecting to receive. Even your trusted friends and family can unknowingly send you infected attachments via their infected computers, so you’ll still need to be vigilant opening the latest video of cute little kittens that your Grandmother sent you, or the UPS notification link for a package that you never ordered.
Luckily, most of the widely available web-based e-mail providers today, such as Yahoo, Google, and AOL, have built-in virus scanners that will be able to identify most malicious attachments out there. However, some still do slip by, so users beware and ensure your local anti-virus software is up-to-date!
Stay tuned next week for tip #3!