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Never Forget to Play it Safe

by Enrique De Argaez

Did you get blasted by the Blaster worm? That little piece of code infected hundreds of thousands of computers connected to the Internet, probing for vulnerable systems and enslaving those systems so that it could propagate itself. Wired News Daily reported on August 13, 2003 that although the fix for the MSBlaster worm has been available for weeks, wary or ignorant users kept it off lots of computers.

Microsoft admits it may have to work on its patch-delivery system. If your computer runs a Microsoft-based operating system make sure you visit and update your PC to the most recent patch level.

Pat yourself on the back if you run antivirus software that updates automatically when users connect to the Internet – be sure to scan your system periodically. And if you believe you’re safe without antivirus software, the least you can do is to frequently scan your computer online for free using any of the following links:

If your computer runs a Microsoft-based operating system, visit and update your PC to the most recent patch level. Most attacks target Windows XP and 2000 systems.

Human nature has it to put locks on the doors and windows after you have been a victim of the burglars. In cyberspace this is the equivalent of updating your antivirus and making your PC ports secure after you have been hit by a new virus.

Gartner Internet research company estimates that, in the next two years, a fifth of the world's companies will register a serious incident related to Internet security.

Gartner's analysts affirm that until 2005, 20% of companies will be attacked without noticing, although these attacks will put their information and intellectual property at risk. In its report, the consultancy highlights the fact that it can often be more expensive to be the victim of one of these attacks than taking security measures to prevent them.

In any network, a computer without the adequate protection is a potential risk for other computers. The risks and expenses of security measures are high, and both tend to increase together.

According to Gartner, the main problems related to IT security affecting companies nowadays, are: the usage of unsecure commercial software; an inadequate update system and the belief that it is never going to happen to them.

Sometimes we are just too busy to check our Internet security. Time goes by very quickly and last week's security might not respond to today's threats. Don't wait until you are hit by a virus, worm, or trojan and your PC is unoperational for installing a good security solution in your system.

Fixing the damage can be a real time consuming nuisance. It's better to take precautions from the very beginning and to stay on the safe side.

Grisoft for antivirus programs and advice. Forget the money problem, you can even get an Anti-Virus cost free. There is no excuse, so do yourself a favor and.... play it safe.

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About the Author:
Enrique de Argaez is webmaster of a dozen Internet websites and author of four newsletters. He is active in Internet Global Marketing,
and Internet Usage Research. Visit his main English website at

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