If you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
If you do not know your enemies but know yourself, you will win one and lose one.
If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles. – Sun Tzu
Microsoft just released interesting research detailing threats they’ve seen over the last week through data gathered from computers running their free Security Scanner. Of the 420,000 computers to download the just-in-time cleanup tool, close to 5% had at least one instance of malware and of those infected averaged three different issues.
The most prevalent avenue of attack? Java, which occupies seven of the top ten slots. It’s not surprising since Java exploits are hard for AV vendors to catch and a lot of users find it difficult to stay on-top of their security updates. Everyone has “good intentions” about keeping computers up-to-date but in the heat of daily office battles it’s always pushed down the to-do list. The good news is, if you are staying current with your updates you’ll be in good shape since the bulk of the attacks were exploiting weaknesses that have been fixed for months.
One way for you to know if you have Java installed and it needs updating is by going to this handy web site courtesy of Mozilla. It works with all browsers, not just FireFox. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/plugincheck/ It will report if Java needs updating and provide a link if it does. The app will also let you know if any other browser plug-ins need updating.
For those that are always busy with something else, you can subscribe to our monitoring service and we will watch over your computers and web activity. If anything needs updating or “seems out of the norm” we’ll coordinate with you to get it resolved.
If you’d like to try Microsoft’s free Security Scanner, you can find it here. http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx
Follow the above advice and you will know your enemies and know yourself. And, per Master Tzu, may you not be imperiled in a hundred log-ins.