There are some basic measures that can be taken to protect a network, such as
educating users to be cautious when opening attachments and downloading
software. Enforcing a sensible company-wide internet policy will help prevent
accidental downloads, and making sure passwords are kept secret will help prevent
unauthorized access to desktop computers.
It is useful to deploy technology such as firewalls to control unwanted
communication with the internet. Ensuring that the security settings on web
browsers are turned on and kept to a high setting will also provide a measure of
protection. Spyware and other kinds of malicious code are often designed to exploit
security vulnerabilities. Whenever these are discovered in software, the
manufacturers issue security patches for users to download. It is important to keep
up to date with the latest patches for whichever browser is being used.
However, the most effective way to protect against spyware is to use an integrated
security solution to stop spyware both at the email gateway and at desktop level.
Using software that protects at all levels in this way is vital.
Sophos Anti-Virus provides complete protection from spyware and viruses on
desktop computers and remote laptops in companies of any size. Sophos
PureMessage guards the email gateway, giving combined protection from spyware,
viruses and spam. With policy enforcement from PureMessage, organizations also
gain liability protection, meet regulatory compliance, and increase productivity. A
suite of management tools enables both Sophos Anti-Virus and PureMessage to be
easily installed and updated, and both come with 24-hour technical support. In
addition, Sophos's global network of high-security research laboratories carry out
24-hour analysis to ensure rapid response to any new virus or spam threat anywhere
in the world, irrespective of time zone.