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6 Tips on How to Avoid Malware on your Machine

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

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Small business owners have so much to lose when it comes to malware, phishing, and identity theft.

Here are six tips on how to avoid malware:

1) Don't open file attachments from people you don't know.

It's possible for a .exe file (executable file) to be embedded into an attachment. You'll often see 'Urgent message' from a bank, or a shipping service. Never open the e-mail if it looks remotely suspicious. 

2) Avoid visiting questionable websites.

Adult, gambling, and betting sites are easy to get infected with malicious software. Avoid these websites on your work machine -- put safeguards into place on your Google Search to reduce the likelihood of these sites appearing.

3) Check the URL if there is a link

A link like is usually from your bank, but a link like is actually hosted at the "somethingelse" and is therefore a fraudh. 

4) Use software to check for viruses on your machine.

Norton Small Business by Symantec has a number of products to help your small business with virus-checking and cleaning. You can also get 30% off Norton Small Business Products now.

5) Do not respond to anything from PayPal or a bank-related site.

Some sophisticated phishing sites use a fake PayPal link, or other banking or mortgage fake links, to entrap you and harvest your password. Never click on an e-mail purporting to be sent from PayPal. Instead, go directly to that website in a new browser and log in that way.

6) Do not give out your credit card information, social security number, or other information to people you don't know.

It goes without saying that these are confidential and private to only your trusted providers.

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