Quote Bob Bickerton:
Ah but do you use anti virus/Trojan software and does this cost money and take time to manage? And if so, would you be offended if we had a ( tiny) giggle on your behalf in response?
Please enjoy your giggle, Bob -- I can take a joke!
Yes, it costs money, but decent virus/trojan protection for Windoze OS is actually very cheap -- my last three-year renewal for all my machines running the Eset protection cost about £75 (and it's a business expense, of course). I think I can afford 7p a day for complete peace of mind!
It's completely hands-free too and doesn't need active managing at all -- it updates itself daily (and sometimes more often!), and just sits quietly in the background automatically trapping the occasional attack attempt via email, websites, program downloads/updates etc. It is very rarely triggered and hasn't missed anything for years. Importantly, it doesn't cause any noticeable running issues either -- no significant CPU overhead and no slowed responses.... although I know this is not the case with Norton's AV offerings which are undoubtedly the work of the Devil!). The technology is very mature and effective and I really don't understand why people don't use it. I can't recommend Eset highly enough -- although there are many others providers...
I don't know what's available for the Mac world, but now that Macs are (at board level) PCs in expensive boxes running the same Intel code base, it seems inevitable that virus/trojan attacks are going to become much more common on the Mac platform and that it would make sense to take some simple protective steps.
Virus /trojan attacks aren't funny -- been there, suffered that -- but it's not hard to maintain effective backups and its easy to install effective protection. I'll try to keep my wry smile under control...
Technical Editor, Sound On Sound