Password No-no

Do you use the same email address and password as the login information on multiple sites? If so, you are in for trouble.

I have received a dozen or so calls in the past month from clients who thought they had a virus on their machines. Friends of theirs had been getting spam that looked to be sent by the client.

I got another one this morning.

In no case was it a virus, nor had the clients been hacked. What happened was

Antivirus software

Have you checked your antivirus software lately?

Most of the infected computers we see have antivirus software that is wildly out of date.

When your antivirus manufacturer starts nagging you to update your subscription–and I know it’s a nag–you really need to. Without the updated subscription, your antivirus software will not know how to protect you from new viruses.

Most antivirus companies belong to a consortium that tests and rates the major AV products. These ratings are updated quarterly. Many products we use to recommend, including several free products, have fallen off the bottom of the charts and are no longer recommended.