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Don’t plug in that Flash Drive

I’m usually not the kind of alarmist that tells you there is this horrible new malware out there that will eat your children if you open this attachment, but….

I am reading more and more about folks finding flash drives, plugging them in and getting bad stuff in their machines from them. Sometimes it’s done on purpose, others it’s folks with computer viruses just losing their memory card. Either way it can be bad for you.

This is not something new. I wrote about it back in 2006. The real problem is that Windows machines come with autorun turned on by default and anything that you plug in, just runs automatically. Exactly the opposite of good security. If your computer does that you should consider turning it off (XP) right away.

2 Comments »

  1. Hi Jim:

    I have Windows 7. How do I check to see if I will have the same problem with flash drives?

    By the way, I have re-invented myself into a freelance paralegal & law clerk, and writing workshop facilitator.

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    Comment by Judy Beck — July 13, 2012 @ 1:18 am

  2. Hi Judy,
    Glad you found something to do.
    For cleaning up viruses on your computer I highly recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The free version is usually all you need. http://www.malwarebytes.org/

    Comment by Jim Lillicotch — July 13, 2012 @ 6:45 am

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