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Re: Anti-virus for i5OS



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David Gibbs wrote:
No argument ... but, IMO, now-a-days most viruses spread through user stupidity.

"Dear System i User, this is IBM support, our predictive failure system has detect that your machine will experience catastrophic system error within 24 hours if you do not apply a critical patch. Please signon to your system as QSECOFR, upload the attached PTF to your system, and run the program. This will correct the defect and your system will not fail. Thank you very much. P.S. Due the the urgent nature of this patch, normal support will not be aware of it. Please do not bother them by calling."
And no amount of anti-virus software will protect you from that.

So in general anti-virus software protects you from things you could be (and should be) protecting yourself against with good security practices, while at the same time giving you a sense of safety that can easily be undermined by any aggressively stupid user.

Joe





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