Did you know that your computer is at risk from infection with Trojan horses, viruses, and worms? Mark Lloyd and colleagues clarify the confusing names given to computer threats and offer practical advice on how to vaccinate your personal computer from cyberattack
- By: Jon Simmons, Mark Lloyd, Helen McEvoy, Peter Butler, Simon Whithey
Has your computer ever “crashed” unexpectedly just as you were sending an important assignment two minutes before the deadline? Have you ever found your internet access getting slower and slower and then disconnecting when you least expect it? Have you ever clicked on the “ignore” or “update later” button when your computer has recommended that you update your antivirus software? Your computer could be ill due to an infection with a virus, worm, or Trojan horse. Cyberdeath is increasing, and computer intensive care units at retail chain PC World are unable to cope with the number of admissions made on a daily basis.
Computer security has been compromised by a lack of foresight, resulting in a timebomb ready to explode when threats such as viruses and worms invade a system, wreaking havoc. McAfee, an antivirus software company, estimates that the next big outbreak could result in 2.2 million office days