IIA And Others Educate On Net Security

The 'Internet Industry Association' (IIA) of Australia has launched its 'GetNetSafe' scheme on October 23, 2006. The IIA is a national, non-profit organization working for Internet businesses in Australia. It will be providing online users free trial of anti-spyware, anti-virus and anti-spam programs. The scheme is to spread awareness among broadband users about threat imposed by spyware. The scheme also aims to educate about spyware's ability to tap keystrokes and steal private information from hard drives and how it consumes download limits and reduces connection speed.

It is certain that spyware has exceeded spam and is the most serious threat challenging Internet users today, says IIA chief executive, Peter Coroneos. An infected machine can convert your PC into a 'zombie' under the command of spammers who then use it to send masses of unsolicited e-mails to innocent consumers.

With encouragement form the 'Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts', the IIA plans to embolden all Australians on the Internet, including both corporate employees and home users to have a fair idea and control over their contact with computer security risks.

The IIA tells that some of its members have agreed to initiate support to its 'push to raise awareness' about handling computers. This is in addition to the resources listed in IIA's website. The website also provides some free trial products for home users, small businesses and corporate users.

Coroneos adds that players on the Net today must use updated software products i.e., a reliable firewall, anti-virus, anti-spam and anti-spyware programs with regular updates. They are not very expensive and will make your mind peaceful.

In related event, 'Sophos' will be organizing seminars whose objective would be to educate SMBs and ITs, administrators on the risks posed by cyber criminals.

In the view of Sophos, A/NZ 'senior technology consultant', Sean Richmond, small businesses were more vulnerable to online crime because they ignored to put adequate protection on their systems. This was mainly because of their lack of understanding online dangers and non-implementation of anti-virus updates in a time-bound manner. Recently, computer threats have shifted their focus on small groups of users, so extra precaution is necessary.

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