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Years ago when I first came on line. You heard more about computer users being yelled at, trolled, ignored, cussed out, and very much abused on forum and group boards for not asking a question in the right manner. I have notice that trend on many boards, and groups has been changing. There is not as much so called "old school" as there use to be. In the beginning of the year of 2000. You learned which boards you had to post to a certain way, and you did not dare stray from their way of posting. Or else, they would cut you up, and have you for dinner. Then throw your left overs out for the rest of the pack to have a go at it. They were a ruthless bunch. Called "old school". It was OK to ask a question. "But I am watching you. You better post it right or else!" For some. It was like a game, or time of passage. As soon as someone posted wrong. Out came old school to tear them a new hole. Some forums, boards, and groups were ruthless. Many people did not dare post to these type boards. They chose instead just to read the post, and move on to the next board. Then in 2001, a change started to take hold. Overnight new boards, forums, and groups emerged. With a new set of rules. As long as you did a search first, and put as much info in as possible in your post when you asked a question, or that you knew, they would help you. Yes a few were still ruthless. But many on these new boards started to tell old school to back off. They realized old school was running off potential customers. So some complained, and after much consideration, they changed. I decided my group at Yahoo, was going to be one of these new boards. We were one of the first that did not care about how a question was asked. I did not want any one yelled at, or abused in that matter. Granted it was hard at times. Because I had old school and new school on my group. But we prevailed. We won the hearts over. We Showed everyone by setting a good example. We did not stop there either. The next example we set for our users to follow was the fact that on our group the user was expected to keep their computer secure as much as they could. For many, they were not even doing this. They may have a firewall, but many had no anti-virus software. Some had neither. We set up guidelines for the users to follow, thus a rule was born, and they pretty much followed our lead to keep their computer secure at all times. Yes we have had a few failures. But for the most part our computer users tackled computer security with as much robust that they could muster. We were also the first to do this, as far as I know were were. When many of the computer groups on Yahoo were spreading viruses, our group was humming along as though it was just another day. Yes a few managed to pick up a virus or a worm here or there. But what ever was hitting Yahoo Groups at the time did not grind our group to a halt. It never has. We follow these same rules today. Have no need to change them. Honestly I don't see how a computer group can function without setting up some basic security guidelines for the members to follow. If everyone did this, I believe the Internet would be a better place. Tell them they have to do their part to help keep the Internet secure, by keeping their computer secure. Make it a rule. After all... The Internet has both businesses, and consumers on it together. From all walks of life. Not just consumers. Not just businesses. The time has come too demand secure computers. Would you please make this a common rule on your group, forum, or board? Please set a good example.
According to Symantec, malware's million mark was reached in the latter portion of 2007(1). In 2006 Microsoft released a report stating that for fifteen months their malware removal tool scanned and found 16 million instances of malicious software on 5.7 million unique Windows-based computers.(2) For the month of March 2010 1,456,524 give or take a few computers were infected.(3) Keep in mind this is just one report from a on-access scanner. Which literally means the anti-virus software was downloaded and installed and run a scan for the first time which found the malware. For some time now I have checked the stats on what the malware is up too. How much malware is there? How many computers were infected? How many websites? ...So how many websites were infected? Sophos detected an average of roughly 5,000 infected Web pages a day for 2007.(4) Then in 2008 they detected an average of around 15,000 infected Web pages a day. 79 percent of those 15,000 are legitimate websites. In 2008 Symantec observed an average of 75,158 active bot-infected computers per day.(5) Today Trend Micro reports 26,669 computers were scanned this past 24 hours, and found to be infected after a scan done by HouseCall, on-line virus scanner for PC. In the past thirty days Trend Micro's on-line scanner HouseCall scanned and found 16,488,049 infected computers.(6) That number is rising every second you read this article. Kaspersky noted In 2009, the system for analyzing vulnerabilities identified 404 different vulnerabilities, and a total of 461,828,538 vulnerable files and applications were detected on users’ computers. They analyzed the 20 most common vulnerabilities, which made up 90% (415,608,137) of all vulnerable files and applications identified on computers running their anti-virus software.(7) The number of computers infected with Conficker.A or Conficker.B dropping from a high of around 6.7 million in late October 2009 to around 6.3 million machines in January 2010. The number of Conficker.C infections has declined from 400,000 computers in late October 2009 to roughly 280,000 in January 2010.(8)(9)
The number of malware (malicious software) samples that Symantec saw in 2009 was 71% higher than in 2008. In total, Symantec identified almost 2.9 million items of malicious code during that 12 month period. (10) Amazing? I just wanted you to see some numbers here so you could grasp somewhat of a count. Keep in mind that I just gave you stats from just a few websites over a few years. It is no where near the total for all infected computers. It does not give a accurate count on total on-line, and on-access scans for ALL computers active on the Internet today, and a few years past. Plus at any time the number of malware can change. You are just seeing a small percentage of the amount of infected computers online. You need to see these numbers because, just having someone tell you to keep your computer secure is not enough. Today's computer users are vast. You are always a target. Regardless if you are reading e-mail, or visiting a webpage you are at risk. This also is regardless if the e-mail or website you are visiting or reading has a good reputation or not. It does not matter. YOU are a target. YOU need to have a secure computer. Security list links: http://newbies-pc.com/8896/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=91:security-links-a-must-have&catid=47:security Some of these links are pdf files (1)http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/print/9075518/Malware_count_blows_past_1M_mark (2)http://blog.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2006/06/microsoft_releases_malware_sta.html (3)http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792106/Monthly_Malware_Statistics_March_2010 (4)http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=59415 (5)http://eval.symantec.com/mktginfo/enterprise/white_papers/b-whitepaper_internet_security_threat_report_xiv_04-2009.en-us.pdf (6)http://wtc.trendmicro.com/wtc/default.asp (7)http://www.securelist.com/en/analysis/204792101/Kaspersky_Security_Bulletin_2009_Statistics_2009 (8)http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9145018/Conficker_worm_hasn_t_gone_away_Akamai_says? (9)http://www.confickerworkinggroup.org/wiki/pmwiki.php/ANY/InfectionTracking (10)http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8630160.stm
This is a extensive list of tips to help you protect your computer against viruses. No method is 100% secure, but this should really help you cut back on them, or even have large breaks in-between infections. I follow these rules my self, but most call me a pro, but I consider myself as self taught, and somewhat wise. I have not had a virus in nine years. (knock on wood)
While many of us are blessed with sight. There are many others that are not so blessed. As a child gets use to a sightless world. They also will be getting use to the Internet as well. It is very important for you to start a child out slow, but steady getting around the internet. There is software that does this. These software are either geared towards Windows, or they are geared towards Mac, or Linux, or all three. Don't let anyone tell you that you have no options. A added note is if the individual regardless of age is now having to get use to a sightless world, please spend time with them also at the keyboard. Some individuals tend to feel overwhelmed, and having a good support system helps them to become independent faster.
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