Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Techie mag issues "10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware"

Once again, Tech Republic has a valuable “10 Things” download, this time “10 ways to avoid viruses and spyware”, by Erik Eckel. The leadoff link is here.

One of the interest points in the PDF report is to consider anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware protection separately. Large security companies like McAfee and Norton offer all in one package, but some companies are better with specialized problems. Geek Squad has told some customers about SpySweeper, which seems to identify potential spyware that McAfee allows to pass.

Another recommendation is safe surfing, and using a service like McAfee SiteAdvisor or Web of Trust to identify potentially risky websites.

The paper also recommends disabling AutoRun and implementing OpenDNS.

Again, these recommendations may matter particularly for small businesses that have outside contractors working on their computers.

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