you are not on your own - Dayba Managed Internet Security

large saterlight dishNearly all the infected computers we see at Dayba could have been prevented if the software had been kept up-to-date

How a hacker infects your PC

The traditional method of attack

One of the first things a hacker does is look at the internet address of your computer to see what ports are in use. This is similar to a burglar peering into the windows of your house to see what alarms you have and what he can steal.

Once they have worked out what ports are available to him, he will then pick the most popular application that uses these ports and look up the latest bug or hack that has been discovered in that software then use it to get into your computer.

Social engineering

If this sounds a bit complicated, well it is, and your busy hacker has other things to do. It is much easier for him to get you to his dirty work; this is where social engineering comes in. Hackers write emails, websites and even call you on the phone with the intention of conning you into doing what they want.

Unfortunately there is no technical way of stopping this attack as it relies on the users' lack of knowledge about computers and human nature.

Combination of methods

All is not lost however, to take control of your computer they still need to get a file on your computer or change some settings. To do this hackers use a combination of these methods. This is where keeping your computer up-to-date comes in.

As soon as the software manufactures hear about a new virus or security bug they release an update that stops that attack. In order to be protected you need to install that update on your computer as soon as they come out.

What needs to be updated

The software that needs to be updated most often is the definition files for your anti-virus and anti-spyware packages. These updates contain the latest list of viruses and other malicious software and can often be updated several times a day.

Next on the list of things to update is the operating system, (e.g. Windows, Mac OS, Linux,) every computer has to have an operating system so this is the first place hackers look at for a way in.

The order in which you update the rest of your software depends on how popular it is. Hackers will attack the most popular software first as it is more likely you will have it on your computer.

First on your list would be your web browser as almost everybody uses it, but other popular applications like, Office, Adobe Acrobat, Winzip, Flash etc also need to be updated regularly.

Automatic Updates

The bigger software companies have added automatic update functionality to their products, this takes away all the hassle of remembering to check for the latest update and all you have to do to use these services is switch them on.