Friday, October 22, 2010

U.S. is ranked #1 - In Botnet Computer Infections!

Microsoft released its 9th Security Intelligence report focused on computer infections and botnets.

In 3 months alone, Microsoft doubled an important and staggering number. Yes, from April-June 2010, Microsoft cleaned 6.5 million computers from a botnet computer infection.

What is a botnet?  Basically, you think your computer is in your command because it appears to be.  However, behind the scenes it is a zombie under the control of cybercriminals.  They can use your computer to hide behind to do their evil bidding - spamming others, infecting others, attacking systems.

What can you do?
1.  Pay attention to your computer - is it suddenly slow?  Do you hear it accessing the hard drive but you are not running anything?
2.  Are your browsers, antivirus, and software up to date?
3.  Practice safe surfing - don't click on links or open attachments without thinking twice about it

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