"Eric the Red" follows updates at the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI). Responding to my open request for tip suggestions, he referred me to a recent update at CPNI, Malware Installed on Removable Media, which relates to reports of newly manufactured peripherals and removal media* infected with malware.
The end result of the CPNI advisory is a triple play -- yes, three tips to protect your computer from infected peripherals and removal media.
October 3 Tip of the Day
- Scan the installation software of new peripherals and removal media with your antivirus software before installing.
- Restrict administrative privileges of user accounts.
- Consider disabling "AutoRun". See How to Disable Autorun/AutoPlay in Windows XP/Vista
*Peripherals and Removable Media List from CPNI:
"Peripherals and removable media (for the purpose of this advisory) can take many forms and include, but is not limited to:CD-Rom (and variants CD-RW etc.)All products, including vendor sealed new products, should be treated with caution."
Memory Cards (SD, MMC, xD etc.)
DVD-Rom (and variants DVD-RAM etc.)
Portable Media Players (Audio and Video)
External Hard Disk Drives
All devices with flash memory
Digital Photo Frames
- Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
- How to Disable Autorun/AutoPlay in Windows XP/Vista