Home user security: your first defense

Thursday, 20 November 2003, 4:38 PM EST

It used to be that an anti-virus program was a home user's first (and perhaps, only) line of defense against the spread of viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious code. Times have changed.

In the era of pervasive, always-on broadband connections, today simply having your Microsoft Windows computer turned on is enough for it to get infected with the latest virus or worm. Have you applied your weekly set of critical Microsoft security patches, or your monthly Microsoft mega-patch? What if you've been on vacation for the past few weeks?

The swiss cheese approach to applying security patches that are required to keep desktop computers safe and useable just doesn't work for the average home user. A firewall should now be a home user's first line of defense.

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