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Computer Virus Threats Present New Problems

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Corey Washington

Sometimes, virus protection just isn't enough to ward off the thousands of cyberspace-evildoers out there.

Those who don't have time to maintain their computers find themselves the most likely to suffer from disastrous viruses such as the SoBig virus and the new Sasser worm that does not require you open an e-mail for your computer to become infected.

But it appears all of the virus threats looming have another ally: hackers.

Keeping up to date with technology as it changes is important - not doing what was the standard 1 or 2 years ago.

With that said, it’s evident from advertisements and new-product marketing that wireless networks (Wi-Fi) are in full-swing. It's not just another technology fad that will wear out in an instant. Network intruders (hackers) are very aware of this and are using wireless networks benefits to their malicious advantage.

New research indicates about 90 percent of mobile computing devices lack some form of protection.

Wi-Fi hot spots leave room for hackers to jump through security holes and gain access to sensitive (or private information) from the most remote locations.

Staying with the times by taking your notebook computer out for a test drive can cost you - big. And unfortunately, there are literally millions of computer users at the same risk.

Over ten percent of the nearly-300 million U.S. population will use Wireless networks this year, a dramatic jump from almost 10 million people last year.

While there is no concrete solution to this growing, technological pandemic, giving up is no real answer either.

Within time, as more Americans (and others) add to the exponential number of people using Wi-Fi networks at home, in the office, or on the go, security defenses will increase.

So, here are a few simple reminders that ALWAYS work:

1. Don't be lazy, update your virus protection as much as possible. Even missing one update can lead to a bigger hassle than taking a few minutes to finish the download.

2. Install firewall protection. Though firewalls are not impenetrable, they are another layer of defense in protecting your computer.

3. And most important, back up your most important information to a blank disc, a second hard drive, or a server on a regular basis if possible. There's nothing like peace of mind knowing that in the event that you are one of the unfortunate people to be attacked, your most valuable information will still be available.

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