It is perfectly acceptable for a member of staff to call in sick with this news, particularly if the virus is contagious, and you don’t want to run the risk of all the other staff catching it and having all your workforce out with a bug. However you can on the other hand minimise the risks to your business from computer viruses which also cause massive disruption and downtime for your business, home or school.
Viruses come in all guises: Trojans, spyware , adware, worms, rootkits. Some viruses get in via email, sometimes just by viewing and not necessarily opening the email itself. Others arrive by USB, disk or .exe files. Some even masquerade as antivirus programmes themselves. The result of a virus could be loss of data, rogue emails sent from your account, slow bandwith or a complete unusable PC or network. Despite the wide spread damage caused by viruses, hackers tend not to be malicious in their intent. They are testing their skills to see what they are capable of with their programming. Luckily for us Mark Zuckerberg used his skills to create Facebook and not spread viruses. Any anyone who has read the Millennium Trilogy knows that the heroine Lisbeth Salander, despite belonging to an underground group of hackers used her extensive programming skills for good (to catch the baddies!).
So what you can you do to prevent viruses? Aside from installing robust anti virus software and making sure it is up to date, you can use common sense and not open anything from an email you don’t know or which looks suspicious. Set up junk filters in your email so that you can check out dodgy emails with your IT department or support company.
What to do once infected? Make sure you take your PC to a reputable person or company who will not only try to restore it but ensure you are advised on the best software to make sure it does not happen again.
Things change rapidly in the virus world, as programmers develop new skills, if your business relies on IT, and most do, it is crucial to ensure you are adequately protected.