by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
Before I officially start…I questioned myself as to whether this applied to “community events,” but I believe it does. The title is a quote from song parody master “Weird Al” Yankovic, in his Puff Daddy parody “It’s All About the Pentiums.”
We at GCSS regularly check our business e-mails, and as you all know, frequently receive attachments related to events or employee surveys.
As I’ve unfortunately learned partially through negative experience, opening attachments from unknown senders is an almost surefire way to receive viruses and spyware.
I once opened an e-mail that was from someone I supposedly knew, which had a file attached. The file turned out to be a virus; luckily, my anti-virus program at the time caught it. I also had a major virus problem on an old computer, because I downloaded a “song” from the file-sharing network LimeWire that turned out not to be a song at all.
In that case, I was able to solve the problem myself, but other times, I haven’t been so lucky. As far as our experience at the office goes, it’s best not to open files from unknown senders. Also, as Kevin from IT has shown several of us today, keeping our virus software updated is extremely important as well.
It seems that companies, even nonprofit organizations, can be especially vulnerable to this type of malicious software, because of our being connected over a network. If I happen to gain any other valuable knowledge in regards to this problem, I’d be happy to share it here.
In the meantime, let’s hope most of our e-mails are benevolent, rather than harmful.
For more information on network security and privacy, check out Network Security Blog.