New PC? How to Set Up a Safe, Secure System
"Building a solid security foundation is the key to protecting a brand new computer for years to come," said Marc Solomon, director of product management, McAfee Consumer Strategy and Marketing Group. "It is much easier to secure a new computer when you bring it home than to try to clean up an old one that's been infected with viruses and worms."
Forty-nine mouse clicks and 81 minutes. That's how long it takes to properly set up and secure that new PC you got for Christmas, according to security vendor Symantec. Why should the recipient of a brand new, shiny, fast PC care? Because the "bad guys" find new PC users on the Internet in 20 minutes or less, Symantec research indicates.
What's more, the number of bot networks increased more than six-fold in January 2005 compared to December 2004. Bots are programs covertly installed on a computer that allow an unauthorized user to control it remotely. Symantec attributes the bot spike to the number of new PCs appearing online in the new year. Technology News: Security : New PC? How to Set Up a Safe, Secure System
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