The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reported that 30,000 Australian PCs are infected by malware everyday. You can read the full story at http://www.itnews.com.au/News/239580,acma-30000-australian-pcs-infected-every-day.aspx
Often these computers are compromised by “botnet” software and are then used by criminal organisations to commit cyber crimes such as spam, phishing, or denial of service attacks.
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to ensure that your home PC is protected against viruses, spam, malware and intrusion:
- If you already have anti-virus or security software make sure that the software and definitions are up-to-date and that your subscription has not expired. Most security software will have an “update now” option and all will update on a schedule. The schedule should be set to update everything at least once a day, preferably at a time when the PC is usually on.
- If you don’t have anti-virus or security software then you need to get some. Products such as Norton 360 or Kaspersky Pure offer good all round protection rather than just against viruses, and the cost is not much more for a complete suite. You can read more about the available software at http://www.topantivirussoftware.com.au/.
- Apple Mac owners should also take care. For years the myth that Macs don’t get viruses has spread. True there are less Mac viruses but they are not imune. Symantec have a Mac version and Sophos (popular with business) have released a free anti-virus product for the Mac http://www.sophos.com/products/free-tools/free-mac-anti-virus/.
Students who have purchased notebooks and tablet PCs through the Ivanhoe Notebook Program can be assured that every computer is supplied with anti-virus software which is regularly updated and maintained.