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Windows 7: Update your security lessons for end-users.

29 Dec 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Update your security lessons for end-users.

I'm still surprised by all the old computer security recommendations that so-called experts are pushing out to the masses. For example, a quarterly guidance document from a major security vendor contained the following two statements: "Don't open up file attachments from unknown people" and "Don't run unexpected executable software from Web sites you don't trust."
That's great advice -- from 10 or 15 years ago. I'm surprised the document didn't include a warning about accidentally booting from floppy disks in A: drive.
That's part of what is wrong with the computer security industry. When the bad guys change their tactics, most of the computer security industry needs a year or two to catch up. It took us years to teach people not to say yes to the macro warning when opening up attached documents. It took us five years to tell people to stop just blindly clicking on e-mail links proclaiming love (a la the ILoveYou worm).
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Update your security lessons for end-users | Security Central - InfoWorld

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29 Dec 2009   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc

Good Article TY JMH
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 & Windows Vista Ultimate

From Roger's article:
Does your entity's computer-security education material teach end-users that they are likely to be infected by Web sites they trust and visit every day? Does it tell them that the majority of the malware threat they will be exposed to is from very official-looking Web warnings that trick them into installing software they shouldn't? Does it tell them that malware purveyors often break into legitimate Web sites, which then launch malware attacks on innocent visitors using inserted JavaScript?
Sadly, I still see computers with no antivirus or software firewall. Most of the infected computers I help with have P2P programs installed and vulnerable versions of Adobe Reader and SunJava. Not even is in the Trusted Zone on my computers. As evidenced by Kaspersky and Symantec, even trusted websites can be impacted by an SQL injection.
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