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Malware Responses: What To Do Before, During, And After An Attack

Don't let a malware attack ruin your business. A little planning and the right responses can make it a minor annoyance instead of a major catastrophe.

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Preparing For Attacks

• Always use licensed software, and keep all software on every system up to date with the latest critical patches.

• Scan all systems regularly to ensure they are virus-, Trojan-, and spyware-free. Make sure your security software protects all network entry and exit points and that it's updated with the most recent signature files.

• Back up all systems on a regular schedule (weekly is good; daily is better).

• Subscribe to security vendors' e-bulletins so you'll be aware of current vulnerabilities, patches, and exploits.

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