How to avoid hoaxes

Have a policy on virus warnings

Set up a policy on virus warnings. For example:

"Do not forward any virus warnings of any kind to anyone other than the person responsible for antivirus issues. It doesn’t matter if the virus warnings come from an antivirus vendor or have been confirmed by a large computer company or your best friend. All virus warnings should be sent to [name of responsible person] only. It is their job to notify everybody of virus warnings. A virus warning that comes from any other source should be ignored."

Don’t forward chain letters

Don’t forward a chain letter, even if it offers you rewards for doing so or claims to distribute useful information.

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