SPAM, Virus & Hoax Information

Safe Practices concerning SPAM and Viruses

Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) deploys a multi-tiered approach to detect and eliminate computer viruses and SPAM before they reach college desktops. This software has been carefully 'tuned' to detect as much real SPAM and virus activity as possible without risking "False-positive" detection -- mistaking and deflecting appropriate, legitimate email.

Reducing your risk of getting a virus infection on your computer

On college computers, open your "Symantec Endpoint Protection" program:

  • Verify that there is a large green checkmark indicating "Your computer is protected" at the top.
  • Verify that the Definitions date under "Virus and Spyware Protection" file is very recent.
  • Be very cautious and skeptical when downloading files, programs, or opening attachments.

On home computers:

  • Install and run antivirus software.
  • Configure it to scan all incoming email and downloads (see User Guide or Help menu).
  • Configure virus definitions to download automatically (or at least once a week)
  • Keep your Windows operating system updated.

Reducing SPAM

Reducing SPAM in your email Inbox will require a 'multi-tiered' approach of your own.

  • Be very selective when it comes to giving out your email address.
  • Sign up for a free email address on Google, Yahoo, etc, and use that address non-priority communications.

Also, be sure you...

  • Don't give your email address out arbitrarily
  • Check privacy policies
  • Be aware of options selected by default
  • Don't follow links in spam messages
  • Disable the automatic downloading of graphics in HTML mail
  • Consider opening an additional email account (see above)