If you've ever received an e-mail message that begins with "Virus Warnings—Be Careful!" you probably wondered, "Do I need to worry?"
Whenever you receive a message about a potential virus threat, the first thing you should do is consult the F-Secure Corporation Hoax Warnings page to determine if the message is a hoax. This website describes virus hoaxes and false alerts and provides details on whether the virus is real or not.
What is a virus hoax? Basically, it's like yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. Hoaxes are started by malicious people hoping to prey on innocent e-mail users who will do exactly what they ask—forward the message, thereby perpetuating the hoax.
Are some virus threats real? Can you receive a virus via e-mail? Yes, you can, but you can also protect yourself from harm by following a few simple guidelines:
Viruses are a very real threat, but a little prevention can go a long way in protecting your computer and your data.
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