Holiday returnees warned to beware bugs

“Don’t let viruses spoil your summer.” That’s the latest advice from solutions provider Trend Micro. The firm is warning workers returning from their summer breaks to make sure they’re protected, via its new ‘Safe Computing Advisory Campaign’.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  July 24, 2005

“Don’t let viruses spoil your summer.” That’s the latest advice from solutions provider Trend Micro. The firm is warning workers returning from their summer breaks to make sure they’re protected, via its new ‘Safe Computing Advisory Campaign’. The firm's new security drive is designed to highlight the importance of updating software on personal computers throughout the home upon returning from summer breaks. Trend Micro suggests that desktop PCs are – understandably – one of the last considerations when heading away on a summer break, meaning users often neglect to disconnect their PCs, on some occasions even leaving them switched on. The potential problem then arises if owners arrive back home and forget to download the latest patches against new viruses before surfing the net. This can, says Trend, give new viruses the chance to jump on-board the PC and start doing their dirty work. “It’s easy to overlook the key issue of network security when going away for the summer, especially when it’s coupled with the excitement of getting away for a well-deserved break,” said Justin Doo, managing director of Trend Micro in the Middle East and Africa. “However, remembering to update all PCs throughout the home with the latest anti-virus software is vital to protecting stored information and attacks from viruses.” “Security needs to be the first concern after turning your PC on following a holiday. You need to update your operating system with all new patches and fixes from your security provider, and look to install effective anti-virus, firewall, and anti-spam technology,” Doo added. Windows Middle East recommends users install and use full anti-virus software and configure this to update automatically itself at very regular intervals. Using third-party anti-spyware software such as Adaware is also a good plan. Trend Micro claims virus activity in the Middle East recently rose to a 22 month high. Analysts suggest that this could be because IT managers and home computer users alike became less focused on the need to regularly update their security software after a quiet period in the early months of the year.

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