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John Donne wrote No man is an island, entire of itself….. If he had been alive today, he might notice that computers are pretty much that way, too. Sure, there still are un-connected machines out there—maybe at 35,000 feet while flying across the country, for example—but for the most part, we're all connected, whether it be via a local network, or worldwide via the Internet. Either way, while this affords us great opportunity to work together, it also means that it's just that much easier for bad things to happen as well. Computer security is a pretty big deal.

VirusTotal is a service that can help you keep an eye on your system's security. Got a questionable file? Maybe it's something you downloaded, or maybe it came as an attachment to an email. No problem; just upload it through their web form. Or you can send it as an email attachment—you actually submit the file via email. In addition, for Windows users they've even got an uploader tool you can install on your system, allowing you to upload files via context menu (right-click on the suspect file). They'll scan it for you, using a whole bunch of different tools, and then report on what they found (or hopefully didn't find).

A free online service, VirusTotal should be useable by anyone with an Internet connection and a web browser.

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