ERIC Number: ED345710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-13
Reference Count: N/A
Virus Programs: A Clarification of Ideas and Strategies for Data Protection.
Okinaka, Russell T.
Virus programs have become a significant problem in the computer industry. The effects of these programs have been publicized widely. Anyone working with microcomputers cannot have escaped exposure to the term. Yet, there are a large number of people (teachers in particular) who have only vague notions of what viruses are. This paper provides a straightforward approach to the description of computer viruses, how they are transmitted and spread within computer systems, what viruses do once they are inside a computer system, and how computer systems can be debugged and protected against viruses. Computer systems are discussed at length, including hard disk drives, computer software, floppy disks, and computer networks such as local area networks. A glossary of important terms is included. (6 references) (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Viruses
Note: Paper presented at the Computer Technology Conference (San Bernardino, CA, March 13, 1992).