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We have seen an influx in virus removal requests lately and wanted to share a few tips with you all to protect yourselves:

(1) Prevent infection in the first place. Do not go to sites rife with viruses... gambling sites, sites where music is downloaded or played and don't download toolbars, programs or other unknown variables into your system.

In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Use of the following "best web-surfing practices" to protect yourself while surfing so you don't open the doors to viruses:

Don't be tricked into clicking advertisements or outside links - "You've won a new iPad!  Click Me!" - pay attention to where the link is going to take you before deciding to go there. Tip: Hover over the link with your cursor and make note of the address it would take you to if you clicked on it. Decide to go, or not go, based on that information.

If anyone promises you top 10 search engine rankings, turn the other way and run! Anyone that understands the basics of on-site SEO can get you listed in the top 10 of Google, but many times, they are optimizing your website for keyword phrases that no one uses. By covering some SEO basics, your site can be well optimized for good placement in search engine rankings.

 

One of the best ways to assist your on-site optimization efforts is to continually build links that come into your site. Here are a few tips for effective link building:

 

 

One of the biggest head-scratcher questions of this decade has been forensic (if not downright psychic) in nature: "I have an anti-virus program, so how did I catch this virus?" In the digital world that we live in, know there are wolves in sheep-clothing everywhere. 

Take some time to learn good web surfing practices: