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Web Stalkers
Chapter 12 - Virus Attacks

Software Best Practices

In summary, antivirus best practices dictate the following:

  • Installation of a trusted antivirus software program.

  • Scheduling of automatic system scans.

  • Upgrading to latest version of antivirus software available.

  • Schedule automatic updates of virus definitions.

Protecting the Operating System

It is important to make sure that the operating system on the computer is completely updated or patched.  Operating system manufacturers are made aware on occasion of security lapses in their systems.  When an operating system is released, people immediately start trying to hack it.  Eventually, someone will discover a weakness.  When it becomes apparent that there is vulnerability in the system, manufacturers will devise a patch for the repair.  As long as new breaches of security are located, new patches will be issued for their correction.

Microsoft and others makes their system updates and patches available on their websites.  These updates and patches can be configured for automatic retrieval and installation.  Retrieving these updates in a timely manner is important since they are made available to counter a weakness or deficiency in the program.  The operating system itself will also notify the user when updates are available.  In addition, Microsoft has utility called Windows Update that will help system users locate and install updates and patches that match the version of the system they are running.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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