I've Been Infected!

Written by Dennis Eppestine

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I thought I was gonna throw up.

Just to give you one example ofrepparttar important stuff I lost - my web pages are naturally stored on my computer's hard drive as well as my websites. Nearly half my website files were infected!

I thought I was gonna throw up.

Well, as far as I can tell, everything's fixed now, but I'm still a little queasy.

Learn from my mistake, and keep your automatic virus protection on ALLrepparttar 132047 time!

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A Note On Microsoft Security

Written by Richard Lowe

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Let's look at another analogy. Suppose you bought a car. Now, as anyone who has owned a car for any length of time knows, you have to changerepparttar oil occasionally. You can forget all other maintenance, but you had better changerepparttar 132045 oil.

I knew someone who had bought his first car. He didn't change repparttar 132046 oil, even after several people (including myself) suggested that it would be a good idea. One day his car stopped working. He was very angry, claimed no one had told him anything,repparttar 132047 dealer was evil, he would never buy that brand of car again, and other nonsense.

What'srepparttar 132048 point? Microsoft has indeed been lax in designing security into it's products. There is no question about that. However,repparttar 132049 fault is not totally with that company, and poorly designed security does not make Bill Gates or others in his company evil.

There are many other companies with horribly insecure products. Security is something that must be given a priority in product development or it is often simply overlooked and under-designed, and testing is generally not adequate. One simply fact: security is generally not a money maker for these kinds of products.

Actually, until September 11th stressedrepparttar 132050 importance, it was very common for IT managers to completely skip security in their network and infrastructure planning. Even now security is not high on many agendas.

Oh yes, most of my colleagues do think about security and are trying to do something, but it's tough to get managers and others to actually put their money where their mouth is.

Okay, back torepparttar 132051 point - security is a shared responsibility. We all have to practice security. Users must install antivirus software and keeprepparttar 132052 definitions up-to-date. Firewalls must be added and used properly. The operating systems must be updated occasionally, and security bulletins must be reviewed once in a while.

It'srepparttar 132053 same as if you owned a car, you are expected to read repparttar 132054 owners manual and bring it torepparttar 132055 mechanic occasionally. If you've got a house, you had better be spending some time making some improvements. And if you've got a computer you should learn about it. Otherwise, it just might bite you back - just like a car, a house or anything else in your life.

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