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Guess who makes security solutions fail

For a number of reasons, including application compatibility issues, most users operate their computers with administrative rights. These rights allow a user to install programs as well as make changes to sensitive files.

Ironically, it is these same rights that criminals and hacks use to infect computers with viruses and spyware. How does this happen?

Answer: the administrative rights leave the back door unlocked. The gravest flaw in many anti-virus solutions is their dependence upon software engineers to identify new malware threats and distribute updated signature files to their users. This process can take days. What’s worse is that flaws in the actual applications can go unrecognized for weeks or even months.

The situation isn’t an easy one to remedy. But you can take protective measures. Be a proactive user. Always take the time to identify and examine files before you begin downloading.

Also, stay informed of the newest security software, such as ByteCrusher’s WindowZones (opens in new tab). The user never needs to be the weakest link.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.