How safe are you when you download attachments from email and download files from websites that are not so prominent. Most web mail services do provide an in built virus scanners that scans files attachments before downloading to your computer. There are some limitations to email virus scanners like for eg Gmail Virus Scanner Cannot Detect password protected attachments and downloading from internet is always a risk of downloading key loggers(software that hides in your computer and steals credit card information by recording your key strokes ),malware, spywares etc and this happens most if you are downloading from unpopular sites and even if you have anti virus installed in your computer (which is a must) it doesn’t guarantee you total protection because a new outbreak of a potential virus/malware might be quarantined by certain anti virus program but not with all antivirus programs and it’s a blunder to install more than one antivirus program. Just follow the steps below for solving the above mentioned issues.
How to download attachments in email safely?
Suppose you receive a unknown email with attachment ,before downloading the mail forward the same email to [email protected] with subject SCAN or SCAN+XML to receive an email with the file scan report either in text or XML format with more than 40+ well known online Anti Virus providers on the list.
How to download files from websites safely?
1. To download files from internet first copy the URL of the file that has to be downloaded.
2. Copy the URL and paste it in the VIRUS TOTAL submit your URL field where you can even upload files from your computer to check whether its infected .