ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE &
FURTHER TO SAFETY
You have installed Antivirus Software on your computer, such as Norton Antivirus from Symantec or
Virus Scan from McAfee. Now you can relax and be virus free, right? It is wrong. Although it is a crucial
line of defense, antivirus software alone does not guarantee a secure computer. To help keep your
system truly secure, you need to ensure that you have the latest bug fixes, virus definition files, and
security fixes for your software applications, and that you use common sense.
Download security patches and bug fixes
Fixes and patches, generally offered free of charge through the software manufacturer's Web sites, are
small files that you can download to repair problems you recently encountered with a software program
on your system, problems that could become a gateway for viruses and other dangers. By making
updating your software a regular practice, you will help protect your computer from these types of risks.
To ensure that your Antivirus Software is working optimally, it is a good idea to visit the software
manufacturer's Web site, along with the sites that are dedicated to reporting product reviews. When
you see a security-related hot fix, download and install it on all computers that use that application. Be
sure to check the version of the software you are running so that you can get the appropriate
updates. Some programs automatically report new updates available when you start them. Also, in
certain cases, some companies no longer issue bug fixes or security patches for older programs,
therefore you may need to upgrade to a newer version.
Viruses often take advantage of a security vulnerability in email and in programs that use the Web
browser. Therefore, as you search for security patches for all of your software, you must ensure that
your Internet tools, your e-mail programs, and that your Web browsers are up to date.
Newer versions of Windows include a feature that automatically provides security patches for Outlook
and the operating s