A computer virus led to the shutdown of the computer network in Lauderdale County. The good news is that no one’s personal information was compromised. According to Chris Tafferty, the system has been down since May 22, but they plan to have it up and running in a few days.
Chris stated that the virus caused a temporary loss of information, but most of it has been restored. He is not sure about what caused the virus to affect the network. However, he believes that Facebook or YouTube may have caused the virus.
Chris stated that the virus is just a risk that comes along with doing business in the 21st century. Brandon Sesser works at East Mississippi Community College. He stated that it is common to see those types of infections.
Brandon has simple tips for preventing an infection. He recommends that people keep their network updated. He also stated that you will need to disable tracking cookies.
Furthermore, Brandon recommends that you be careful about the type of links that you click on. If you get an email with an attachment, then you will need to make sure that you know where it comes from. An email may look like it came from a trusted source, but that does not mean that you should open it.
The worse type of attachment for you to open is an executable file. Many people get viruses on their computer by opening an attachment from a source that is not verified or trusted.