Netiquette: Habits That Keep Your Friends Safe From Viruses

There are some very simple steps you can take that will help keep your friends safe from annoying spam and potentially damaging viruses. Most of them are super simple. But believe me, your friends will thank you.

Clean up those e-mail messages!

If you do mass-forwards or are sending one message to multiple recipients, make sure you clean up that To: line so there aren’t 50 different addresses in there.


Either choose the the BCC function or create a mailing list. How you create a list will vary between mail clients and providers.


One of the issues with e-mails containing a long list of your contacts, is that if just one of person on that list has a bit of malware on their PC that can copy their contacts, it will also copy all those e-mail address included in your message. Those people might be spammed or their e-mail addresses could be spoofed and used to send spam.

Keep Your Virus Protection Up-To-Date

Not keeping your virus protection up-to-date can be more than just your problem. Viruses and malware could attach to files that you send others, causing problems for their PC. And if they see your name as the sender, they might be willing to click on something they ordinarily wouldn’t.


Many users imagine that they would know if their PC was infected with a virus. They think a virus would affect performance. The truth is, most viruses are sneaky. They aren’t designed to slow down your PC, but to steal your valuable information and to make more malware to spread to other people.

Make sure to keep your virus protection up-to-date.  If you’re one of those folks who aren’t ready to give up Windows XP, I’d suggest not using that PC for the Internet.

 Be Careful What You Click On

Be careful where you go online. Whether it be links in an e-mail or a link on a Facebook post or pop-up ad. Clicking on the wrong thing could not only infect your PC, but give malware access to your contacts. The malware can use your e-mail address into fooling your friends into clicking on their links.

Always think before you click.

~ Cynthia

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