If you've had an e-mail address for long, you've probably received a message (forwarded through a long chain of people) warning you about some dangerous computer virus that can infect your computer through e-mail. Some warnings even say that the virus will physically damage your hard drive or monitor. But they aren't true.
Viruses are of particular interest to the desktop publisher because we frequently exchange disks with clients, open other people's Word files to edit them, and receive unsolicited files via email — all examples of 'at risk' behavior. Everyone should practice 'safe computing' and Windows users especially should make certain their anti-virus software is kept up to date. A list of vendors and informational sites can be found in the sidebar on the right.