Author Avatar Examination – Question 3

by Webnme2 on Mar 14th 2010

Internet User License
Beginner’s Permit

Are You Qualified to Use the Internet?

Examination Question:


If your computer came with an anti-virus program, are you protected against virus, worm, and trojan attacks?


This is the answer section of the exam. You can use the following information for study.

1.  Yes – I don’t need to do anything I’m good to go

Try Again – Most likely the anti-virus program has not been activated yet. You must activate the program and run the updates before it is of any value at all.

2.  No – First I need to run the update

Try Again – This is a good start, but not enough.

3.  No – I need to schedule regular updates and I have to renew it

Try Again – Now you are cooking with gas, but this is still not enough.

4.  No – My trial version expires in 3 months or some set period of time

Try Again – After the trial period most programs quit automatically updating or simply won’t update. You need to buy the full version and run the updates immediately. After that make sure you have a schedule for updates. Twice a week is recommended.

5.  No – I need to do everything in items 2 through 4 above

Try Again – True – you do need to do all of these things, but you still are missing something.

6.  No – Sometimes new malicious programs attack before an update is available

Best Answer – You are always vulnerable. The best thing you can do is cut your losses by eliminating 99% of the risk. You must always be aware the new worms and viri programs can and do attack suddenly and spread rapidly. If in the hours before a patch is available, you are exposed to an attack, you may be a victim if you have bad computing habits. Most malware depends on you to initiate the malicious program. You can reduce your risk by not opening attachments and by not clicking on anything in a spam e-mail.

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The author's first experience with computers was with Fortran IV. Wow that's ancient. After graduate school, he taught history for a number of years at a community college before becoming an attorney. In 1997 he changed careers to become a web developer/designer with an interest in all things web related. He currently maintains several dozen websites. This is his personal blog. The opinions expressed are his own.

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