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Don't get Sasser'd

05/06/04 | by [mail] | Categories: computer/tech

Sasser Worm Strikes

You've probably already heard about this worm on the news. It's a result of yet another security hole in Microsoft Windows, and it's hitting pretty close to home. A couple people I know have already had it, including my mom's company. Here are some things to do to protect yourself from Sasser and other security threats.

1. Run Windows Update often. You have to do this in Internet Explorer (it's one thing that Firefox can't do). Run this about once a week or set your computer up to do it automatically.

2. Never open attachments from people you don't know.

3. Get DSL and a modem/router with a hardware firewall. If you live in Adrian, MO, it's available now.

Numbers one and two are the most important, but it's also a good idea to install a personal software firewall and some Anti-virus software (which you must also keep updated). Excepting DSL, all of these tips are free.



You forgot step 4, run OpenBSD instead.

I know, not really practical for most people.

Brendon [Visitor]http://www.techfreak.net05/06/04 @ 15:20

Yeah, I’m using Mandrake (I know it’s not very l33t, but it’s enough of a challenge for me.) It’s nice to not have to worry about worms on that computer. Once I get some more skills I might help some people migrate to Linux. One of my friends and I might built an video editing computer using open source software.

danny [Visitor]http://danny.brendoman.com05/06/04 @ 16:31

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