navigation bar left navigation bar right

Secunia CSI7
navigation left tab About us navigation right tab
navigation left tab Careers navigation right tab
navigation left tab Memberships navigation right tab
navigation left tab Newsroom navigation right tab
navigation left tab Contact us navigation right tab
Blog
News
Articles

Scan & Patch regularly: Top security tips from PC users

Get this blog as an RSS Feed
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent survey and competition What are your top 3 pieces of advice for securing your network during the holidays? We're pleased to say that we received a huge amount of interesting tips from you.
14:21 CET on the 5th January 2011
Entry written by Maria Eriksen Jensen.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent survey and competition – What are your top 3 pieces of advice for securing your network during the holidays?  We're pleased to say that we received a huge amount of interesting tips from you.

The majority of advice focused on the need for:

  • Software inspection/scanning
  • Patching
  • Restricting user/system access (i.e. making sure that users are authenticated, have relevant privileges, never work using administrator accounts, turn off services/servers/workstations)
  • Testing (in relation to testing changes/patches before implementing them) 

Other examples of advice included:

  • Install and update Anti-virus and Anti-spyware software
  • Educate everyone about how phishing, malware, and social engineering, etc. works and how to avoid the traps they set

Congratulations to our winner, Mr. J. Ellis - USA who is now the owner of a new Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. His advice was:

  • If it isn't being used, turn it off! You can't hack what's not available
  • Patch often; once a year is not enough
  • Actively manage and control server access rights and privileges

Mr. Ellis' advice was selected due to his highly relevant answers which describe in-depth measures such as restricting privileges and limiting the attack surface by disabling unnecessary services, and stressing the importance of regular patching and scanning.

At Secunia, we always appreciate feedback and helpful hints from you. The advice submitted reflects the day-to-day struggles that many of you face when trying to keep your PCs or networks secure against vulnerabilities. Regular scanning and patching of vulnerabilities are fundamental cornerstones of PC security that should always be implemented as a starting point, otherwise everything else that you do to protect your PC will be a wasted effort.

Stay Secure

Maria Eriksen Jensen
Business Development Manager

Discuss this blog entry
A new thread in our forum is created. Activate the thread by commenting/discussing below.
Subject: Scan & Patch regularly: Top security tips from PC users
 
User Message
taffy078 RE: Scan & Patch regularly: Top security tips from PC users
Contributor 5th Jan, 2011 16:05
Score: 408
Posts: 1,352
User Since: 26th Feb 2009
System Score: 100%
Location: UK
Last edited on 5th Jan, 2011 16:05
Well done, Mr Ellis! Your answers are "short and sweet" - very easy for inexperienced users to follow and very wise for all users to adopt.

--
taffy078, West Yorkshire, UK

Desktop: Compaq Presario (OEM) 32 bit / AMD Athlon / 2 GB RAM
XP Home - SP3/ IE8/ Norton IS - Secunia PSI v2.0.0.3003

Laptop: Win 7 / IE11 / PSI v2.0.0.3003
Was this reply relevant?
+0
-0

-

You must be logged in to post a comment.



 Products Solutions Customers Partner Resources Company
 
 Corporate
Vulnerability Intelligence Manager (VIM)
Corporate Software Inspector (CSI)
Consumer
Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
Online Software Inspector (OSI)
 Industry
Compliance
Technology
Integration
 Customers
Testimonials
 MSSP
Technology Partners
References
 Reports
Webinars
Events
 About us
Careers
Memberships
Newsroom


Secunia is a member of FIRST Secunia is a member of EDUcause Secunia is a member of The Open Group Secunia is a member of FS-ISAC
 
Secunia © 2002-2014 Secunia ApS - Rued Langgaards Vej 8, 4th floor, DK-2300 Copenhagen, Denmark - +45 7020 5144
Terms & Conditions and Copyright - Privacy - Report Vulnerability - Disclaimer
follow Secunia on Facebook follow Secunia on Twitter follow Secunia on LinkedIn follow Secunia on YouTube follow Secunia Xing follow Secunias RSS feed follow Secunia on Google+