This article discusses the Conficker worm (virus) which has gotten quite a bit of press recently, and which is set to cause new problems on April 1st.
From the article:
“Computer users are advised to stay current on anti-virus tools and Windows updates, and to protect computers and files with strong passwords.
Conficker is programmed to reach out to 250 websites daily to download commands from its masters.
On Wednesday, the worm will begin connecting with 50,000 websites daily to better hide where orders originate, according to Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure computer security firm. “
This article illustrates the need to ensure that you not only take security and privacy seriously on both the business and personal fronts, it illustrates that need for constant viligance as new threats are continuously introduced!
There are many vendors that make security software (called anti-virus software in the old days) including McAfee, Symantec, AVG, etc. You need to ensure that you have security software, and ensure that is is updated regularly to defend against new threats. In most cases, these applications can be configured to download updates automatically and I suggest that you check for updates everyday.
If you are running newer versions of Windows, you can use Windows Live One Care Safety Scanner from Microsoft (a free security tool) as supplement to traditional security software. I use it weekly and recommend that you do the same.
Your identity and/or your business may depend on it!
Below are a few more articles about Conficker:
Beware Conficker worm come April 1
Protecting Against the Rampant Conficker Worm
Some additional information from US-CERT (United States Computer Emergency Response Team)