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25% of computer viruses are spread through USB devices

September 6, 2010

When looking to keep your computer safe it is not only internet security you need to be concerned about. PandaLabs have discovered around 25% of new worms in 2010 have been designed to spread through devices that connect to your PC via a USB port.

Quite a high proportion of the malware currently infecting computers are being passed through USB storage devices including mobile phones, external hard drives, flash memory sticks and other gadgets and gizmos like portable players.

This new way of spreading computer viruses is an effective one for hackers and cyber criminals as many computers are being infected in this way. The virus on the device will most often run automatically when connected through a USB.

Typically in the past viruses are spread over the internet through email and files which have been made available for download on a website. With good internet security vigilance you can protect your PC.

The spread of virus through removable devices continues to grow. The auto run feature typical of many USB devices is what the cyber criminals use to spread the virus. When the device is hooked up the virus automatically runs and infects the machine. Quite often USB drives often do not need administrative right to access your computer so the malicious code on the device can access your computers files immediately.

If you want to protect your computer from USB virus attacks you can set up your computer to turn off auto run or you can use antivirus software that will disable the auto run feature. USB blocking software will give administrators the chance to specify which drives removable storage can access. This will help to protect your computers files and documents.

The best antivirus software will help to keep your computer safe from infection. Stay up to date with the latest antivirus reviews to keep updated.


Computer Help

July 7, 2010

We all use computers these days for everything. Shopping, communicating and working. Without computers it would be difficult to get on with the most basic working tasks. Sending emails is a prime example. Emails are the quickest way to communicate with people and once the email is read the response can be sent immediately. This makes it the most efficient way to communicate in business.

The telephone is also good but there is no documentation of what has been discussed when you have a call and you can’t send documents over the phone. Well you can with a fax but this takes time and there is a waste of paper. I was once at work and the server went down and I couldn’t send any emails would you believe it took IT support 3 days to fix the problem! I couldn’t believe how near impossible it was to work having no email .