Computer security 101

Monday, 22 March 2004, 12:52 PM EST

The names sound silly -- mydoom, netsky, and bagle are among the current crop -- but Internet viruses are nothing to laugh at, as millions of victims have discovered over the past few months. With increasing numbers of small-business owners upgrading their technology and moving key aspects of their operations online, many are learning the hard way about the need to keep a sharp eye for e-mail viruses, worms, and the like.

If your business uses e-mail -- and these days, whose outfit doesn't? -- the first and most simple precaution is to watch for suspicious subject lines ("thanks" "test" and "hi"), and also to be very cautious about e-mail file attachments, which may be infected with viruses that will replicate within your system if you open them.

By Karen E. Klein at Business Week.

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