Wired to the World: Anti-virus Software
AbstractThis column is the third installment of a fourpart series on computer security. The recent “Mydoom” virus attack was an example of afast-spreading Internet virus that clogs incoming mail boxes. Many of you have already received a ton of emails from people you have never heard of, or messages from “PAYROLL,” “Message returned,” or “TRAFFIC OFFICE.” These were distributed to you because someone did not keep his/her computer anti-virus software up-to-date and/or opened an e-mail attachment that contained the virus. Outside of the admonition not to open e-mail attachments from people you don’t know, what can you do to prevent the spread of viruses to other computers?