Computer Problems Resolved - Security Concerns

Many of us, no MOST of us, use the Internet - the World Wide Web - on a regular basis. Some folks use it for convenience others for necessity. Regardless of why you are wandering around the great web you need to think safety at all times. The Internet is NOT safe.

During the early adolesence of the Internet a delightful denizen was born - the computer virus. Initially viruses were transmitted by exchanging diskettes then with the birth of the Internet electronic mail became the carrier of choice for malware writers. Anti-Virus and Security companies responded as quickly as possible, sometimes fast enough more often not. Axioms became widespread with advice to "only open e-mail from friends" and "don't go to questionable sites on the web - stick with what you know is safe". Today, neither axiom is true - there is only one truth, the web is not safe.

Through our System Health Check program, Computer Problems Resolved keeps an eye on systems - proactively fighting malware. We watch for breaches in network security, unsavory downloads to systems and changes in system performance / behavior that might indicate a problem. But infections do happen. Users are frequently tricked into downloading malware that can wipe out an office network. We spend exhaustive amounts of time educating users, but it still happens.

A strong front line of defense is essential. With over 20 years of experience fighting malware infections, CPR has selected and installed ESET Security tools on the systems we maintain. When infections happen, and they do, we use a combination of tools, which begin with our eyes and continues with the MalwareBytes Anti-Malware and Spybot utilities.

New infections occur on an almost daily basis. Your best defense is YOU. Be sensible in your habits, do not open sudden notices of infection (it is easier to reboot Windows than remove an infection - pull the power plug) and keep a strong, reliable, up-to-date security product running at all times.

At CPR we promise to respond to infection alerts as quickly as we can but YOU are your best first line of defense.

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7/6/12