July 18, 2019

Antivirus Solutions

We’ve all heard it on the news.  There’s another virus or malware effecting millions of computers users around the world.  We’ve been advised to install or upgrade existing antivirus software; and scan our computers.

Exactly what is a virus or malware program?  And what damage can it cause?

A computer virus is much like a flu virus.  It starts in the host computer and then replicates itself to other computers.  This can be through email; shared files; or a local area network.

A malware program tries to appear as if it’s a normal program; you may see a new icon on your desktop; a new program listed in the Programs that are installed on your computer; or you may see a pop-up prompting you to take action.  In reality, this malware is running code in the background causing a variety of issues.

Both a virus or malware can cause slowness on your computer and local network; annoying pop-ups displayed on your desktop; loss of data; and countless hours in loss of productivity.  What starts with one computer can have a ripple effect and cause an entire office to stop functioning.

How can you protect and defend against these threats?  There are many software manufactures of antivirus and malware programs.  But how do you know which one is best?

Whether you have one computer or fifty, Zephyr Networks can assist you determine an antivirus solution that is best for you and your company.

Apple Computers and the Java Vulnerability Issue

Marc Winger of Zephyr Networks

Marc Winger of Zephyr Networks

Sheila Gershwin of Pressworks.com had the following question for Marc:

“After your mentioning the vulnerability I’m confused as to how I can disable Java.”

Marc responded below:

“For you, just run your Apple software update and Safari should be good to go.

If you use Firefox or Chrome, instructions can be found below:

From the New York Times…
The current loophole affects Apple’s Mac OS X operating system, but also Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms. Apple no longer ships its machines with Java enabled by default, and moved quickly after the alert to disable the software remotely on machines where it had already been installed. Those who do not own Macs were left to manually disable Java software themselves.

To disable Java on a Windows PC, go to the computer’s control panel. Open the Java icon, click on the security panel and uncheck the box for “enable Java content in the browser.” Oracle has more detailed instructions on its Java Web site.
Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/department-of-homeland-security-disable-java-unless-it-is-absolutely-necessary/

Here is a link with instructions to disable Java. Make sure you read the update at the top of the screen.
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/30/how-turn-off-java-browser/

As always if this is confusing to you and you need help feel free to contact us at (800) 884-7559 or use our handy Contact form.