How to Protect Employees and Consumers from Malicious Exploits - Slide 9

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Enable automatic patch management for operating systems, applications, including add-ons and plugins. Proactive patch management can harden your system from known vulnerabilities. End-of-life applications which are no longer supported should be removed or used in isolated and secure sessions.

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) recently released their “2011 Top 10 Recommendations to Help Businesses Protect Consumers from Being Fooled.” This document includes a list of techniques and procedures, which can easily be implemented to help businesses and government agencies protect their customers' and employees' personal and financial data from being compromised. OTA developed the list to address the most common and dangerous threats based on a review of thousands of fraudulent emails, data breaches, hacking, and identity theft incidents.

The 2011 Top 10 recommendations address the most frequent exploits including malicious email, phishing and deceptive websites as well as emerging threats impacting online trust and confidence. In addition, OTA encourages businesses to review existing OTA best practices to protect the DNS and users' data and privacy.

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