Stopping Viruses Spread through Social Networking

11 Aug, 2010 By: Robert Green

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Educate your users to help prevent infection from image-sharing applications.

Many CAD managers are responsible for general IT duties, and as such, they have to cope with virus problems. I'd like to pass along some advice to those of you who fit this description.

In the past six months, I've seen more reports of virus problems on office computers than in the previous 20 years. The reason is almost always image-sharing or survey-style applications embedded in Facebook, Photobucket, or Flickr.

To avoid these types of problems, you'll need to do the following:

  • Maintain a strong virus program and reasonable firewall restrictions on all user computers. If you have a centralized IT department, ensure that they take the lead on implementing these types of tools.
  • Make sure users which web sites are appropriate for use at the office. Explain to Facebook users that clicking attached or embedded links in messages is not a good idea, and that they should never view photos unless they are in the Photos tab of another user's profile.
  • Be ready to react if  — or, more accurately, when — infection occurs.

For removal help, see my discussion of free malware removal tools in CAD Manager's Newsletter #233.

Do yourself a favor by reading up on removal procedures ahead of time, and create an emergency CD of the various virus- and malware-removal software so you can respond to any infection right away.

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