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Our Modern Nightmare – Zombie Attack

It’s like we woke up inside a horror movie– we are under attack by zombies.

Night of the Living Dead

Yes. It’s true. Real life is imitating art (if you’re willing to call Night of the Living Dead “art”). We really are under attack by zombies– only our zombies aren’t trying to eat our flesh, they are trying to sell us bootleg Ph@rmacuticals and cheap V1@gra, fake Rolex watches, and steal our identities. [note in the photo how the zombie is reaching for the wallet?]

In real life, our zombies can’t claw at us directly and they don’t have teeth. Our zombies are computers. Our computers. And they attack via e-mail and the Internet. Like the zombies in Night, they spread the zombie disease by infection. Differently, our zombies aren’t mindless; they’re controlled by villains (aka “cyber-criminals”).

Yes. Your computer may be a zombie, and odds are you wouldn’t know.

If it isn’t a zombie (yet), it is constantly under the attack of infection via the Internet. An unprotected computer, connected to the Internet, will be infected within 8 minutes (12 seconds in a recent test).
90 to 95% of all Internet traffic traveling the wires is zombie-generated junk e-mail that’s either a fraud attempt or (and?) loaded with malware– the “attack”.

How did this happen? Well, part of it is the Tech Industry’s fault (see, How the Tech Industry is Failing You), either unintentionally, or through lack of foresight, or through willful negligence and the rush to market. Security either wasn’t considered, or it was too expensive.
Nobody predicted the nerdy hackers evolving into the organized, well-financed, Mafia-style criminal gangs of today.
And they put too-powerful, fully-capable machines into the hands of the unwashed masses– us.
The rest of it is our fault.

* We let our antivirus expire and, every day, close the warning.
* We think we’ve just won the British Lottery.
* We still run Windows 98 because we’re “comfortable with it”.
* We cannot resist ‘free’ pornography.
* We cannot be bothered with those REALLY ANNOYING little windows that pop open at the worst times and tell us that a “newer version is available.”
* When someone tries to tell us about our machines, they start using big words in a funny language and we ‘tune out’.
* We believe that everything computer-related should be free, so we download cracked (aka “pirated”) software, bootleg music and video, and we don’t care who or where it comes from.

I could go on and on and on (and on, believe me!).

Yes.. we are our own worst enemies. But, you don’t have to be a part of the problem. And you don’t have to learn a big word-filled foreign language (aka “Geek speak”) to avoid the zombie attack.

Today’s free link: I have put together a list of proactive steps every computer user should know.. a checklist. In it you will find links to free, safe, and effective methods for protecting your computer, and keeping it safe. Please look over, Top 10 Things You Should Do To Your Computer. And then do us all a favor, pass the list on to your friends who have computers.

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  3. Terrific article.

    Great to see you point out the responsibilites that we, as computer users, need to be aware of. Irresponsible users make it easy for cyber-criminals to be succesful in their unrelenting attacks via the Internet.



    Comment by Bill Mullins | November 11, 2008 | Reply

  4. Mr. Mullins,
    Thank you. I believe it was on your site that I read a comment from a reader who wisely pointed out that most people think of their computers as an appliance.. like a stereo or microwave oven.
    In talking with clients, I have become convinced that there’s also a large percentage that think the “Internet” is something that comes into your house if you pay the bill.. like water, and power, and garbage collection.
    And they think it should be safe.. (like there should be work for everyone who wants work, and should be World Peace..) because they’re paying for it. You expect the water coming into your home to be safe, and you expect the same from “your Internet”.
    Sometimes I think this disconnect between public perception and the facts is insurmountable (and therefore the cyber-criminals will eventually kill the net [like, in the next year]) and other times I have hope that continuing education (and media attention)(and websites like ours) will help.


    Comment by techpaul | November 11, 2008 | Reply

  5. TechPaul,

    Everyday I visit your blog and Everyday I learn something new… Great information for the general masses.


    Comment by Rick | November 11, 2008 | Reply

  6. Rick,
    Thanks… though, I like to call it ‘for everyone’, “general masses” works.
    Smart, safe, computing is the responsibility of all.


    Comment by techpaul | November 11, 2008 | Reply

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