I have been using personal computers, both professionally and as an enthusiast, for a very long time. During the past 25 years, I have been compelled to deal with the occasional computer virus or other malware. Most of these incidents have been from novice computer users within the family tree. However, I (knock on wood) have not had a problem with a virus or malware attack in many years.

Sure, I still use Microsoft Windows — I have PCs running Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 — but I just don’t get viruses or malware anymore. By deploying numerous lines of effective defense ranging from firewalls to virus scanning applications to common sense, I have been able to avoid these annoying attacks. And, by teaching these same tactics, I have been able to fairly effectively protect those family members naive to some of the hazards that the Internet can bring to bear.

But what about you and your business environment? When was the last time you had to deal with an actual computer virus or other malware attack on your Windows system? Do you find yourself putting out those fires every day or have your security measures paid off to reduce such attacks to the point of being practically a nonissue?