SPAM, Virus & Hoax Information

A computer virus is software that takes control of a computer and attempts to propagate itself to other computers. Antivirus software attempts to detect and prevent the activation or transmission of a computer virus.

SPAM, Phishing, Spyware, and Adware are concerned with the transmission of unwanted information to, or covert extraction of information from, a user of a computer.

A computer hoax, typically sent via email, is a deliberate attempt to convince people to accept something is real, when in fact it is not; or that something is true, when in fact it is false. Hoaxes prey upon computer users to both make unsound computer practice decisions and to perpetuate the myth to others. Always verify information, even if it is from a friend, BEFORE passing it on!   

To assure the safest computing environment for staff and students, LBCC scans all inbound email and attachments for potential threats. Multiple scanning and filtering systems block any email message that tests positive for SPAM or Virus. Sometimes 'good' email has characteristics that trigger a block. If you believe someone has sent you a message that was been blocked, please call the LBCC Staff Help Desk.

Although LBCC email filters provide a substantial degree of internet security, every user can take steps to contribute. Adhere to these Safe Practices to reduce SPAM and avoid Virus infection.