We continue to see an ongoing increase in malicious software (viruses, spyware) infesting clients’ systems requiring significant clean up efforts. This is an Internet security problem that seems to go through cycles of lesser or greater activity. The main message here is to remind everyone to be vigilant in your antivirus, antispyware and firewall protection. Be proactive in keeping your computer systems protected against malicious software.
Key Internet Security Elements
The key elements for optimal protection against malicious software are: use an Internet Security Suite; keep the software as well as the antivirus and firewall files up to date; do not let your subscription lapse before getting the latest version; download and install the latest Windows Updates; don’t download files from web sites you are not familiar with; don’t open email from people you don’t recognize, and use a hardware firewall (router) when using a broadband Internet connection (cable modem or DSL).
Run Regular Scans
It is also recommended that a full antivirus/antispyware scan is run at least once a week on every computer. If you notice that you have some odd system behavior that may be a virus or spyware do not let it go unaddressed. If a spyware programs such as a Trojan Horse gets on your system it can potentially download a number of other malicious items over time without your knowledge. The longer a malicious program like this exists on your system the more significant (and potentially costly) the problem becomes.
Stay Protected – Keep Your Security Up to Date
Don’t assume all software is up to date and all scans are being done. Check your Internet Security software periodically to verify these things. Vigliance can save you from some real headaches.