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  • LEARN HOW A 'BOT-NET' WORKS
  • HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Why it matters to protect your PC or Mac

Recently, the mainstream media helped warn the public about a computer vulnerability known as the 'Conflicker virus.' This virus was idling in millions of computers, apparently programmed to wake-up on April 1st (April Fool's Day) and wreak havoc by acting as a bot-net.

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On this occasion, the machines were infected with software which allowed them to be taken over and enslaved in the botnet due to vulnerabilities in web browsers.

Once a machine has been compromised, it can be instructed to download further software, which puts the machine at the mercy of malicious hackers.

STAYING SAFE ONLINE

- Use anti-spyware and anti-virus programs
- On a weekly basis, update anti-virus and spyware products
(we install automatically-updating software so our clients do not have to do this)
- Install a firewall and make sure it is switched on
- Make sure updates to your operating system are installed
- Take time to educate yourself and family about the risks
- Monitor your computer and stay alert to threats

 

The compromised PCs are capable of reading e-mail addresses, copying files, recording keystrokes, sending spam and capturing screen shots.

Once a single machine inside a corporate network has been made part of the botnet it puts other machines on the network at risk.

Continue: We Now Tell You How To Protect Yourself For Free