I.T. Security and Linux Administration

Aug 31 2014   7:13PM GMT

Is Anti-Virus Dead?

Eric Hansen Eric Hansen Profile: Eric Hansen

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This is an interesting topic to discuss.  There’s still a lot of companies that enforce anti-virus procedures (and after working help desk I can see why).  However, is there an actually real need for it?  I proclaim not really.

Anti-virus software in itself is a scare, in that they provide “facts” (some true some fabricated) about infections and that you should install the software to stay safe.  Some also bundle other features too like a firewall.

Just know what and where you browse online.  If you’re looking for images of kitties, and you come across a “super_adorable_kitty_sipping_milk.exe” you should know its fake.  This is also where knowing how to use your operating system comes in handy.  Disable the “hide extensions on files” feature if it exists.

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