Is it safe?
No matter the OS platform you selected, a good Anti-Virus scanner is necessary when you connect to the Internet. This especially applies when you exchange information with attachments. Always keep the virus scanner up-to-date. It’s good practice to, at least once a week, check for virus definition updates ! Check my ‘Best of Breed Software‘ page for freeware anti-virus scanners.
Do not participate in the computer virus histeria, rather consult a security guru or an expert. Beware of a hoax, many people like you to panic and to forward unproductive and alarming messages. Before you spread the news first find out the truth and check sites like Hoax-Slayer. Although much safer than a PC, also MACs need protection. Some folks (at securemac.com) give good advice for Mac OS users.
Finally, if you have gone through these recommendations, you can check if all is safe with GRC’s Shields Up.
Good security advice and news also comes from The Cyber Security Coalition for companies and Safeonweb.be for individuals in Belgium.
Victims of misleading practices, fraud or swindle in Belgium can report their case on meldpunt.belgie.be
Commission for the Protection of Privacy
Rue de la Presse 35, 1000 Brussels
Please observe that the preferred languages for contacting the Privacy Commission are Dutch and French.
Companies should contact CERT.be to report a security incident.
Latest information from Trend Micro is shown on the bottom of this page. Finally, if you have gone through these recommendations, you can check if all is safe with GRC’s Shields Up.