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PC Security - Server Viruses

Computer security involves using safe browsing habits, and using the proper protective software on your system. But what many people fail to realize is that PC protection goes beyond your PC. Servers also play an important role in the protection of your PC.

Servers can - and often are - attacked by viruses. Servers include web servers, file servers, ftp servers, and of course email servers. These can all be attacked by viruses, which can travel through routers and networks to your computer.

A server is essentially a computer, just like the one that you have, but it typically has a great deal more memory, disk space, and more or faster processors. A web server holds web pages and other Internet based programs. An email server is responsible for collecting, storing, sending, and receiving email. FTP and file servers make it possible to store and retrieve files. The routers between all of these servers and your computer are also essentially computers like yours, again, with more resources.

But because these servers are pretty much just like your computer, they are just as vulnerable to security breaches and attacks as your system is. They are often protected by the same things that you use to protect your own system as well.

Servers are accessed by hundreds and often thousands of individual computers each day. This is why they are attacked more often than individual systems. These servers have to depend on responsible users to help protect the server for the greater good of everyone. For example, if your anti-virus software is not up-to-date, you are putting the servers that you access at risk.

Administrators of these servers can also help protect the server and all computers that access it by not using the server as a personal computer. The server should remain, for all intents and purposes, a server. Administrators can also avoid using CDs, DVDs, or floppy disks in computers that act as servers for further protection.

Administrators should also keep systems locked down. All servers should be checked by a security expert (known as a paid, professional hacker) as well to look for security holes, and programmers should be paid to get those holes patched up.

You can further help to protect these servers by carefully choosing a browser with which you access them. Choose a browser that is less open to attack, such as FireFox or Opera, instead of Internet Explorer. Remember that the more well-known or popular a browser is, the more likely it is to be attacked.

There is a great deal of risk for FTP servers because the passwords used for them are not encrypted. This allows the passwords to easily be picked out by 'sniffers.' Sniffers are programs that are designed to spy on networks. If you are using an FTP server, make absolutely sure that it uses encryption.

The fact is that most of us surf the Internet and download files and email with only our own computer security in mind, never realizing that our security measures do indeed have an impact on the overall security of the servers we are accessing as well. The next time you use surf the Internet, think about that!

  PC Security: Index
  PC Security: Internet Browsers
  PC Security: Spam
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 1
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 2
  PC Security: Spam Scams
  PC Security: Email Security and Spam
  PC Security: Email Security
  PC Security: Computer Viruses
  PC Security: Protecting Computers From Viruses
  PC Security: Worm Viruses
  PC Security: Trojan Horse Viruses
  PC Security: Rootkits
  PC Security: Removing a Virus
  PC Security: Virus Hoaxes
  PC Security: Server Viruses
  PC Security: Home Network
  PC Security: Cell Phone Viruses
  PC Security: Spyware
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 1
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 2
  PC Security: Parental Control Software
  PC Security: Malware - Spyware and Adware
  PC Security: Data Backups
  PC Security: Pop Up Windows
  PC Security: Safe Public Computer Use

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