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Virus attacks increasing for Instant Messaging

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#1 harrywaldron


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Posted 03 June 2004 - 05:02 PM

Some good advice in this PC World article on staying safe in the IM environment.

Virus attacks increasing for Instant Messaging environment

When it comes to viruses and worms, e-mail gets all the attention--but now that instant messaging has infiltrated both home and office, it too has become an attractive and easy target for virus writers.  From 2002 to 2003, worms and viruses that spread via IM and peer-to-peer networks increased 400 percent, according to Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report. Already this year, we've seen the Jitux.A and Bizex worms targeting MSN Messenger and ICQ, respectively.

To prevent infection, keep your IM client updated and follow these tips:

1. Be wary of files sent via IM, especially those with .exe and .scr extensions, or ones purporting to be games. For best protection, verify with senders before opening.

2. Never click an unsolicited link fed via IM, or one lurking in another member's profile or away message.

3. Check your antivirus company's home page or a general virus site, such as About.com's antivirus.about.com, for news on current threats.

4. Evaluate your protection at Eicar.org, which has an antivirus test.

5. Upgrade employees' IM clients. Lotus offers its own secure IM program; AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo all have paid corporate IM services with built-in security. Products from FaceTime and Akonix help secure existing consumer IM apps and let you filter messages by content

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:29 PM

Thank you for this article. It is very nice and it will be also helpful for everyone. The steps or tips which you have suggested are very nice.

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:44 PM

You have replied to a topic that is over 9 years old...however there is still danger (risks) in using IM.

These are a few more articles as to why sing Instant-messaging clients can be hazardous to your computer.
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