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November 2003

Home office security: Seven ways to secure remote employees

"You've got mail" never sounded worse than in September. For many of us, every download brought a new email carrying the Swen worm (aka Gibe and Worm.Automat). Guarding against viruses and worms is old hat for enterprises. They've configured corporate email servers to reject messages with executable attachments, and have gateway AV scanners for detecting malicious code passing over the wire. But how do you extend that protection to home-based workers and road warriors? Your remote users connect from home PCs, laptops, and public terminals to get email. They have high-speed Internet connections and small networks shared with other family members. They're easy targets. To protect home and remote workers, I suggest these seven essential practices. 1. Antivirus. Set up the AV software to check for and automatically install weekly updates. Require users to manually check for updates when they hear about a new virus or worm. It's a simple and effective way to prevent infections. 2. Vendor Updates. This may sound crazy to some, but ...

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