Posted on behalf of Rodney Jackson, Information Technology Department.
A Common Problem
Most users underestimate the fact that no computing environment is immune to network attacks. Additionally, most users do do not have a proactive anti-virus software installed on their computer systems. These two issues combined present a common problem and the potential for personal information to be hacked, such as having one’s personal finance information compromised. Although a fix or at least a deterrent is relatively easy to obtain, the real challenge is convincing a computer user that free anti-virus software is not necessarily the best defense in protecting one’s personal information.
Recently, I assisted a friend that fell victim to a drive-by download attack. Basically, she did not click on anything to initiate a download or installation of malware. She was simply searching for a website and was re-directed to a site which compromised and infected her computer.
Easy Steps to Address
Below are steps I would recommend to any computer user.
- Install a proactive anti-virus.
- Make sure your anti-virus is up to date before surfing the web.
- Use common sense and the good practices. Remember nothing is free.
If you’re interested in finding out more about this topic I suggest reviewing some of the following resources: