The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities
October 2, 2001 7:50 AM   Subscribe

The Twenty Most Critical Internet Security Vulnerabilities
This is a list of Internet security tips that SAMS and the FBI updated yesterday. The list is really aimed at IT professionals and does not offer much advice to the home user. My advise for any home user who is worried about viruses and security: 1. Don't use Windows OS, any Windows OS (try Linux or Mac) 2. Remove Outlook from your computer. 3. Don't open e-mail attachments you did not ask for.
posted by DragonBoy (8 comments total)
My advice would be: 1) set security settings to "high" in IE./Outlook 2) Don't open any executibles you haven't requested. 3) no, random people don't love you. Trash those emails.

If people used some common sense, we wouldn't have all these security problems.
posted by Witold at 8:27 AM on October 2, 2001


That's great advice that is - "Don't use Windows OS, any Windows OS"? Shite, I better format my HD now! In fact, might as well throw out the PC and get a Mac.

Couldn't I just get some decent anti-virus software and a firewall? ZoneAlarm is free for home use and does a pretty good job.

Bollocks again. I can't be bothered... do what you like. Stupid post.
posted by jiroczech at 8:52 AM on October 2, 2001

I'd use Linux if it had enogh usable desktop apps and drivers. Linux is a server OS, can't we just face that already?

Better advice would be what's already mentioned, Zone Alarm, Norton and the easiest setting of all, making sure that you have windows set to show extensions. It's the normal email users who open nakedmom.jpg.vbs who send around viruses.
posted by eyeballkid at 10:14 AM on October 2, 2001

But nakedmom.jpg is ok, right?
posted by faceonmars at 10:23 AM on October 2, 2001

nakedmom.jpg is fine.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:05 PM on October 2, 2001

hehe. I'm sure those home users would religiously keep up with the Linux security patches. Tell me another one, dragonboy. ;-)

Witold is right. MS software is vulnerable, but the risk would be greatly reduced with some basic computer competency and a little common sense.
posted by gd779 at 2:45 PM on October 2, 2001

One of the reasons that MS software is so prone to viruses is that it is the standard. What's the use of writing a virus that affects Linux (or other Unix variants) or for the Mac? Who is that going to trouble? If you write a virus for Windows, however, you've got most of the world as a target.

If Linux or Mac had the market share the Windows does, there'd be just as many viruses for those OSes. It's not a question of OSes as much as it is the responsibility of the user to take measures to prevent infection.
posted by eyeballkid at 3:01 PM on October 2, 2001

hmm..what does setting your security to high on outlook do?
posted by lotsofno at 3:48 PM on October 2, 2001

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