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Web Stalkers
Chapter 12 - Virus Attacks


Unfortunately, the problems associated with virus attacks are an ongoing challenge.  Computers must be secured today, but they will also need to be secured again tomorrow.  In fact, they will need to be secured every day if the goal is to stay in front the evolving threat.

The growing presence of viruses and increasing hacker activity make it unlikely that any computer will ever completely escape an attempted attack by a virus or hacker.  However, thanks to the variety of protective measures available today, many computer users will never even know the attempt was made.  The defensive actions taken by the vigilant user will repel attacks and the virus will move on seeking a softer target.

Computer users who fail to keep their systems in a solid defensive posture, however, will inevitably find themselves dealing with the inconveniences associated with a successful virus strike.

In this chapter, the threats posed by computer viruses and other destructive programs were detailed.  The keys to successfully protecting your system were covered.  The key steps include:

  • Install a trusted antivirus program from a reputable vendor.

  • Ensure regular updates of antivirus software to protect against constantly evolving viruses.

  • Make sure operating system and browsers are up to date, with the latest revisions and patches installed.

  • Use common sense.  Be aware of the danger.

  • Know what is normal for each computer and be sensitive to changes in its operation.

While viruses, worms and hackers are a threat, unfortunately they are not the only threat.  In the next chapter, the world of spam will be explored and tips on understanding how it is used to intrude on safety and privacy are included.

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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