|Attack of the Zombie Computers Is a Growing Threat, Experts Say|
|Monty Solomon (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Sat, 6 Jan 2007 17:56:54 -0500
By JOHN MARKOFF|
The New York Times
In their persistent quest to breach the Internet's defenses, the bad
With growing sophistication, they are taking advantage of programs
These systems, called botnets, are being blamed for the huge spike in
Security researchers have been concerned about botnets for some time
What is new is the vastly escalating scale of the problem - and the
Tips for Protecting the Home Computer
Botnet programs and other malicious software largely take aim at PCs
Using a non-Windows-based PC may be one defense against these
Microsoft entered the computer-security business last year and now
Like Windows, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is also a large,
Adding software to your browser like Noscript, a plug-in utility, can
Security experts also offer these tips:
Don't share your computer (on which you pay your bills) with your
Use a firewall program that warns you about outgoing connections
Don't use the same password on more than one financial site.
Don't let your browser store your password for such sites.
Don't buy anything offered by a spammer.
Don't click if someone offers you something too good to be true. It is.
Copyright 2007 The New York Times Company
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