A Message from IT on Computer Viruses

A Message from IT:
New computer viruses, malware and ransomware are being created by malicious individuals every day. Unfortunately, nothing can protect you 100 percent of the time. Protection software is constantly struggling to keep up with different variations as well as new viruses, malware and ransomware. Please be diligent when surfing the web or opening emails, especially when an email asks to click on a link or has an attachment. If you are not expecting an attachment from someone, please call to confirm or send an email requesting further information. Do not reply to the email, instead open a new window and compose a new message to the sender.

An example of an attachment that should be checked is one named “invoice” with any variation of numbers or initials. Due to the nature of work, it is understandable that many may click on the attachment, but best practice would be to contact the company to make sure they are sending you an invoice or, when ordering items, ask the vendor to make sure the name of the invoice is identifiable.

While these steps may seem inconvenient, keep in mind that you are safeguarding your information. It would be much more inconvenient to have to recreate all your work or lose important photos and documents.

If you have any questions about an email you receive, contact the Help Desk for your location. In Mays Landing, call ext .5555, in Cape May County, call ext. 4521, and in Atlantic City, call ext. 4772. You can also use School Dude or send an email to helpdesk@atlantic.edu. Please DO NOT forward the email message in question.

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