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Virus, Scams, and Malware prevention

As a reminder the college has a policy and procedure pertaining to official email announcements. These email announcements will be delivered by one of the following announcement accounts:

  • Presidential Announcements
  • Academic Affairs Announcements
  • OIT Announcements
  • Financial/Business Affairs Announcements
  • Student Affairs Announcements
  • WDCE Announcements
  • Institutional Planning Announcements
  • Foundation/Alumni Announcements
  • Human Resources Announcements

Be cautious of any suspicious emails NOT coming from any of the accounts listed above DO NOT REPLY OR FORWARD!

Virus Information

Trojan horses disguise themselves as valuable and useful software available for download on the Internet. Most people are fooled by this ploy and end up downloading the virus disguised as some other application. The name comes from the mythical "Trojan Horse" that the Ancient Greeks set upon the city of Troy. The best way to prevent a Trojan Horse Virus from entering and infecting your computer is to never open email attachments or files that have been sent by unknown senders. However, not all files we receive are guaranteed to be virus-free.

Computer viruses are most easily spread by attachments in e-mail messages or by instant messaging messages. Therefore, you must never open an e-mail attachment unless you know who sent the message or unless you are expecting the e-mail attachment. Computer viruses can be disguised as attachments of funny images, greeting cards, or audio and video files. Computer viruses also spread by using downloads from the Internet. Computer viruses can be hidden in pirated software or in other files or programs that you may download.