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Ignorance or Laziness! August 21, 2007

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.

More than 25 years after the first virus appeared less than one percent (1%) of Australian computers are fully protected against malware i.e. Viruses, Spyware, Worms, Phishing, Trojans and Rootkits. Many computer users are not aware that these infections can and will be passed on to others through emails, images and software. One infected computer can infect hundreds, if not thousands! The reason why malware is such a problem today is due to the fact that local and international criminals are now using it and the Internet to scam people all over the world. Once, the distribution of malware was solely blamed upon new users. Yes, they are still a source of some infections, but as we have stated it’s the criminals that are using malware in a way that is destroying people’s financial and emotional security. Also, the numerous social web sites that are now appearing on the Internet, and whose popularity is now approaching cult status, is another area where the younger or less matured, computer user can get themselves in to trouble. Making things worse, just last week, it was announced that 30,000 infected sites are appearing on the Internet every day and identity thief in rural USA is soaring.

Notwithstanding, many retailers today are still not informing customers what is required to protect their computer. Yes, it can cost between fifty and a hundred dollars to buy the necessary security software, but on the other hand it can cost nothing, if you choose to use Free-Open-Source Software. Today, there should be no reason for anyone not to have the necessary software protection installed and activated on their computer, except for ignorance or laziness.

State and Federal Governments through the NSW CTC Network has been promoting PC and Internet Security by offer a series of Free Cyber Safety Workshops sponsored by the Attorney General’s Crime Prevention Unit and the auDA Foundation. This year, there are only three more such workshops to be conducted (Wednesday 5th September, Wednesday 3rd October, Wednesday 7th November 2007 at 11am), and therefore, if you are a parent, grandparent, guardian, or if you are new to computers this is “The Workshop” you should not miss. Book now! Contact the Oberon CTC by telephone on 6336-0666.

Update on a previous article; Zone Labs (V7.1) and Apple QuickTime (V7.2) now have “Vista Ready” products available. For information about all our weekly activities, upcoming courses and other important happenings please visit our Blog (https://ctcoberon.wordpress.com).

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