Revised with new information as of March
Is Your Computer Sending Out Viruses
Without Your Knowing It?
Use Virus Software and Keep It Up To Date!
Did you know that your computer can send out viruses without your knowing
There are evil computer programs created only to plant themselves on your
computer and send themselves as emails to everyone in your email address
book, to people you have received emails from recently, or people you have
If you are a nonprofit organization, your credibility can be adversely
affected if users can trace a virus they have received back to your
employees or volunteers. You can also lose valuable donor or volunteer
information, accounting data, etc. because of a virus attack.
You have the means to make sure your computers are not spreading viruses
and aren't susceptible to attacks. It's easy:
- if you already have virus software, look up the web site for the
manufacturer of this software regularly and download the appropriate
updated virus definitions, upgrades and patches. If you feel that you
don't have the technical know how to do this, recruit
a volunteer to help!
- visit the TechSoup web site
and type "virus" into the search engine; you will have access to a
myriad of resources regarding preventing and countering computer
viruses, provided in easy-to-understand language.
- if you do not have virus protection software, INVEST IN IT NOW. Have
a staff member or volunteer prepare a budget for two or three software
options, and present this to your board of directors; one of them may be
willing to sponsor the purchase of this software. And make sure that
maintenance of this software is included in all future budgets for your
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