"Simply put, computer users must practice active cyber self-defense. This means that if users would allow automatic, and generally free, software updates and maintained up-to-date antivirus software, most cyberthreats could be defeated. If computer users observed these basic "rules of the road" on the information superhighway, all Americans would be safer from cyberattacks."The senators write that Americans can do their part to keep our countries secure. By simply using free security software upgrades that are available online many of these cyber threats can be defeated.
"For example, according to a recent report by Symantec, one-third of all internet attacks between April and June 2010 sought to exploit a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer for which a patch has been available since 2004. The attack remains popular with hackers because six years later, many computers are still not patched."Read the entire article here - "Cyber self-defense can help U.S. security", CNN Opinion, September 3, 2010.