An ounce of prevention

Keep your operating system and virus software current. Common sense virus advice that you should know and be doing already.

Keep your operating system and virus software current.

I am continually getting e-mails from friends and peers about virus threats. Although we can never protect systems from all viruses, we can minimize the risks. Four good ways to do this are as follows (this is not hard or rocket science).

  1. Keep your operating system up-to-date. Windows 2000 SP2 has a lot of the fixes for IIS that sealed some of the holes for the worms that have recently propigated across the Net.

     

  2. Run Windows Update to check for critical updates not included in the service packs. Microsoft is continually releasing security patches. Check Technet for these also.

     

  3. Install a good anti-virus software and update your signature files on a weekly basis. This is a good way to make sure you have the latest protection.

     

  4. Set up and run real-time and weekly scans with your anti-virus software. Make sure you look at the log files.

None of the above steps are innovative or new, but you would be surprised by the number of sites that ignore them.


This was first published in September 2001
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