Protect your electronic devices from virus attacks.

Constant vigilance is required to protect your company's computers against virus attack. The same is true for your personal electronics.

This goes beyond relying on the tech support staff. It's everybody's responsibility who touches a company keyboard or mobile device.

I'll leave it to others to make morality appraisals of viewing porn on the Internet. Still, that's crazy.

Porn on company devices is the quickest way to be shown the door, but the problem is beyond that. Porn is the No. 1 distributor of computer viruses. It's a perfect storm. You're not going to report to the FBI that you got a virus viewing a porn site. So viruses grow there as fast as people click.

Many bosses seem to think they are exempt. Threat Track Security polled the tech support and discovered 40 percent of them regularly find and kill viruses from porn sites on their company's executive computers and devices. These execs apparently are oblivious to the havoc they place on their enterprise's network system. A quick glance at the wrong site can shipwreck the entire operation.

The underlings wisely save their porn surfing for home. Most companies have rules against this "recreational surfing" at work. Part of it is to preserve the office culture and bandwidth of the servers, but a bigger reason is to avoid the chances of a virus outbreak. Apparently execs did not get the memo.

The other virus catcher is employees who allow their children to use company computers and handhelds. Just like kids pick up nose viruses at school, their computers do the same. Kids get computer viruses from game downloads. The infection travels at light speed as they share programs with their friends.

I ask readers with broken systems who else uses them. Almost always the cause points directly to their kids.

Here's the most common scenario: Your kids use flash drives to collect games and pass them onto friends. Then you use the infected drive to take your own files to work. Bingo, the virus executes, and there goes the company's network.

It's easy to ensure this never happens. Format the jump drive before using. Right click on the drive name in the Windows Explorer file utility or when the drive loads. Select and confirm "Format." That permanently erases everything on the drive, including viruses. If you are still suspicious, run your virus checker on the drive. Now it's safe for use at work.

Formatting is good for a jump drive. It refreshes the memory, and the drive will last longer and without file errors. When I pop a drive or an SD card into a system, I format it out of habit.