While I am not really surprised those numbers are ridiculously high. I have not had a computer virus in years. It's all about your online habits and it is shocking how little people manage to get that.
That's mostly true bob... but sometimes even trusted sites get infected and you catch a virus from them.
So no matter how safe you think you are... there is always that chance. The only way to truly be protected from virus' 100% is to not be connected to the internet at all lol
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If there is one thing I've noticed, it that computer's are basically useless without the internet. But I can believe those numbers, corporate computer's aren't very well maintained, I bet it's because the company doesn't want to spend a lot of money trying to globally clean the network. That stuff is expensive. There is this one computer store that I know that charges $200 just for virus removal from ONE computer.
The corporations should really learn to update their computers with more secure software/browsers more regularly. This is mostly the problem with corporations, they just love to save money so they force the workers to use whatever software they have, and not upgrade to the new verson for fear of incompatibility/waste of money.
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>> Just under 40% confessed that they didn't have a software usage policy that "specifically prohibits employees from downloading their own software,"
WTH? If the samples included corporations of any significant size, these guys should all be replaced.
At my company, we lock down our PCs so that the users have no rights to install *anything*. How often, in a business environment do you need to bring in a new app?: Not as much as you would think. Everything should be packaged for easy deployment to new or replacement employees and have license counts stored in your vault (if applicable).
It may seem a bit heavy handed, but it's allowed us to standardize the software that's used, so that we don't have 15 packages that do the same thing - causing confusion as users move throughout the company. And best of all, I don't think I've heard of a virus in our environment in over 10+ years (and this is on WinXP desktops!).
When you store your data on the server, and lock down the desktop, the help desk should not have to troubleshoot any issue for more than 10-15 minutes, and they don'tt have to waste any time before clicking a button to re-image the PC (the PC/user will re-receive all of their software due to group membership) in the event of catastrophic problems.
If you're not used to this now, get ready for it. We'll have blade-servers giving on-the fly created virtualized desktops to most users on thin clients before you know it. The pendulum continues to swing both ways and the mainframe has a new name.
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That is inexorably true 3vi1! I found this crazy. For a common work desktop a dual core thin client can handle everything, and in most cases should. This is especially true if you have a decent cat5/6 or fiber network.
Your whole comment here is right top to bottom. I really think a lot of this is crazy, but also realize we may be technically advanced compared to say 10 years ago. I will also say we are at best on the cusp of the middle of where it will go in the next 20 years, if not in 10 at best technically speaking. I know it's a whole different topic, but it is relative as well.
Whoever is administering these networks is not doing a very good job in the least. Well at least from the way I look at it, and the way you point out!
Company PC's should be restricted from any software installations at all times. If you need a program for your job, then the company's IT department should buy it, install it, and support it too. Any company that doesn't follow these rules shouldn't whine to the IT guys when things go wrong at work with the computer systems. The company I worked for had a policy of immediate firing without recourse anybody caught installing any software onto a company computer.
People joked around about it until the IT dept fired a division director for doing it. Then it was a serious matter.
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Rofl I actually got canned once for something like that. I did not install any software, but was hitting some kind of nefarious site's (No not porn well not directly). My friend Steven's GF (Jessica) at the time (mid 20's) was causing him to be suspicious behavior wise. Well I sent her a keylogger from an anon address. I got some weird returns and since I was on the web doing support all day in my down time I did a little investigating. Two weeks later I was pretty much canned, and I new it was for that. Turns out her behavior was far past nefarious lol, she was doing a lil private business of her own (I will just say it did not involve any cam's). Well unless they were requested!
In any proper IT environment, regular user's cannot install anything. It is true for where I work too...i'm currently in IT (just a regular technician). It pains me when we set up "Stand alone" computer that are completely off the network and regular user's have the computer for basically their own "work" use. Well after only about 2 weeks of use (even with an antivirus), somehow these people who think they "know a lot about computers" come back to us to get the damn computer completely rebuilt due to multiple virus infections. These people even have the gall to say "I didn't do anything to it!", right...
Truth is, when I slave the hard drive onto an off the network computer to work on it, 99% of the time it was because the idiot was surfing porno sites.
Also...another thing about working in IT, people *** and moan and complain about us all the time, saying we are so slow to do everything. Well-well-well, one time they complained, so a person "who knows a lot about computers" was helping his co-worker, and neither worked in IT, to fix a computer. Apparently the computer crashed and the worker required all the documents on there, so his co-worker (the so called computer wizard) booted up the computer and proceeded to start the system recovery.!!!
Needless to say, the laptop the person originally had, he had lost all of his documents. I laughed in his face the day I saw that. Ever since then - they all go to us now, as we safely grab any required documents :)
Anytime anybody says they are "good with computers", I really don't trust them at all around any of mine ;)
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