Addressing the virus challenge

This was originally posted by Simon Evans 23 May 2011. This is cross-posted as part of the transition of Software for Learning to Enabling e-Learning.

"Half of New Zealand's computer users believe they have adequate internet security but are putting their data at risk every day," wrote Technology Editor Chris Gardner in this Waikato Times article Basic rules to prevent PC disaster.

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The same is potentially true of schools and their networks. So what are the key things to watch out for?

  • Computer virus - is a computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer.
  • Spyware - can be installed on computers, collecting small pieces of information about users without their knowledge.
  • Spam - is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately.
  • Malware is the collective term including computer viruses , computer worms, Trojan horses, most rootkits, spyware, dishonest adware and other malicious and unwanted software.

So what needs to be done?

Whether your school network, laptops and desktops are managed by an ‘in-house’ technician or outside company, it is essential to ensure that appropriate antivirus and anti-spyware security software is kept up-to-date. Three of the leading providers are listed below, but do check with your network-support provider before making updates or changes.

AVG

ESET NOD

Symantec's Norton

Who manages your computer network- in-house technician or outside provider?

Which antivirus and anti-spyware security software does your school use?

Useful Links:

Managed internet services solutions for schools - Ministry of Education

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