Computers on the Farm Conference

Computer Security Nuts & Bolts
(Keeping the Worms Out of Our PCs)

Dan Barker, Auxvasse
January 6, 2004

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(Session notes provided by AgEBB staff)

How we get infected

  • E-mail
  • Sharing floppy disks, CD's, etc.
  • Downloading software
  • File sharing (Napster, Kazaa)
  • Back alley websites
  • Instant Messaging
  • Connecting to the Internet (Blaster)

    How viruses affect us

  • Render computer useless
  • Delete files
  • Use your computer against others (legal trouble)
  • Lose Internet privileges
  • Gain important personal information


  • Don't use same password for everything
  • Change passwords periodically
  • Keep virus software up to date
  • Firewalls
  • System Updates

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