More Fearmongering? Or Should We Really Be Afraid?

September 29, 2006

What is it about journalists that are always coming up with stories aimed at frightening the pants off of us small business owners. The latest threat courtesy of the Globe and Mail is targeted at all of you who are running your business from your home PC without any serious protection:

In the cyber underworld’s never-ending quest for weak spots, home computers are coming under increased attack as businesses tighten their defences, according to the latest Symantec Internet security threat report.

Now, I have a question, is this a valid story, or is it a fearmongering PR story for Symantec aimed at selling more virus software? The answer is that it’s probably a little of both, but since we have a number of readers of this blog who are IT and networking professionals, perhaps we can hear from you on this one.

If you are like me, you probably do not want to take the risk either way. Even if they are only partially true, I think it is always worthwhile to take reasonable steps to protect your PC and your information.  For me that means investing and updating my virus software and treading carefully on the web, for others it may mean buying a Mac 😉

about the author

Co-Founder & VP of Operations, FreshBooks Levi is a professional engineer with a BEng from the University of Victoria. Before co-founding FreshBooks as the VP of Operations, Levi managed projects at Apex Systems Integrators Inc., where his clients included Canadian Tire, Nestlé and Parmalat. Levi’s long term goals include: never losing the contest to wear shorts to the office for as long as humanly possible, some day growing back his mullet he had in the eighties and getting on the jumbotron at the Raptors game at least once a year.