Attach to the ‘net, worms see you in 20 minutes

(via BoingBoing)

The SANS Institute has measured the average time between probes for a system on the Internet, it’s down to 20 minutes. In other words, the worms can find you before you have time to download all those security patches to make a new install of Windows XP safe(r).

They have a paper on how to get online safely.

If you have a system already, or a savvy friend with a CD burner, you can always slipstream the pathches into the XP install – that is, build new XP installation disks with the patches already in place. Here are some instructions for slipstreaming XP Service Pack 2 into XP.

Of course, if you’re really savvy, you could use Knoppix Linux to patch your XP system.

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