I spend a lot of time working with computers, especially now, since I left houseparenting to become a computer professional. As a part of that I spend a great deal of time trying to prevent and remove virus’s from the many computers I am responsible for, so I am very interested in stuff dealing with that subject. A few weeks ago this article caught my eye on yahoo.
Apparently there are viruses out there that can store child pornography on your computer. A way for perverts to have access to their stuff without having it on their own computer. Imagine how big of a problem that could be for those of us that are dependent on our clean name to stay employed working with children.
Here are some thoughts:
- If your computer is not properly protected with good anti-virus software it can be infected by simply visiting a website that spreads viruses.
- According to the article, people that were infected with the kiddy porn viruses weren’t just visiting porn websites. They were also visiting websites in an attempt to get free games or music. Here is a reality!!!!! You can either pay for your music and games upfront or you can pay the equivalent in computer repairs and equipment, but you will pay for them one way or another.
- Also understand that many of those free games contain Trojans that will infect your computer, even if you have virus software. Trojans are dependent on an action by you to install. Either clicking on a button, i.e. those bogus virus alerts that ask you to “Click Here” to scan computer and remove said viruses or installing them with other software. Only use free software from trusted sources.
I realize that the odds of being infected with a virus and then being charged with possessing child pornography is very remote, but if you are the ones having to deal with it, the odds won’t really matter. Protect your computer with good anti-virus software and avoid dangerous websites. Pay for your music and games up front, there are very few things in life that are free.