Don't Download Unknown or Unsolicited Programs or Files
What's the risk of downloading programs and files?
They can harbor behind-the-scenes computer viruses and spyware, or open a "back door" giving others access to your computer without your knowledge.
To help protect your computer and data:
- Only download files and plugins from trusted sources. Also, don't download plugins to view pictures, videos, music and other content online without verifying their legitimacy. These often contain malware.
- Don't download unknown or unexpected software or files. Be especially cautious about free software offered online or via email.
- Don't click on links or ads for software in email, popups, instant messages, or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Don't open unsolicited attachments. If in doubt, contact the sender and ask if the attachment is legitimate.
- Don't use untrusted portable media, such as a stranger's flash drive. If the flash drive is infected, it will infect your computer.
- Never deactivate your computer's antivirus or other protective software. Set them to update frequently and automatically.
Rev. July 2011