Tue, Dec 27 2005 17:44
We're losing the war on the home front
...so we ask around the communities that I hang in and the consensus comes back that while 2005 was a good year for the Admin and business crowd, it was not for the home front. Just today a client brings in a computer that I needed to post some journal entries to the accounting program and she says "it does some wacko stuff when I go on the Internet" [she's on dial up] and I notice that she's got Xp sp2 waiting down in the system tray to be loaded up. Knowing that Xp sp2 doesn't like malware on the box 'before' installing it, I attach it to an external access to our dsl and plug in the RJ 45.
The second it has a tcp/ip connection and I launch IE is when the fun starts. I first install the MVP hosts file to get it to a state where I can even work with the system as IE freezes up too much without that. Then I boot into safe mode and use Counterspy, Microsoft Antispyware, Windows Safety live and Trend's Housecall, and each one finds a new little critter that the other one didn't find.
I boot into normal mode and now the popups have stopped and the machine appears ready enough for the Xp sp2 application.... I also notice on this box that had the firm's accounting application on it was AOL's IM program that was pretty obviously used by a teenager and it reminds me of the cardinal rule of mixing "business with pleasure"
Buy a computer for your teenager and have them screw that machine up.
In the home office security checklist...it makes this clear but doesn't stress this enough...
"Don't let children use your business computer without your supervision. Ideally, you should not allow your children to use your home office computer. If your computer needs to serve both your business and family, be sure to supervise your children whenever they use it."
I would say don't let them use it period...buy a new computer....don't let them near the one you use for business or the office.
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