One click of the mouse, a virus in your house (or workplace)

One click of the mouse, a virus in your house (or workplace)

May 31, 2017  /  Lizzie Sullivan
One click of the mouse, Malware in your house

A simple click of your mouse can get you a holiday, a car, a new collar for spot the dog and a virus like Malware on your computer. With one click you can unknowingly bring your business to its knees.

How, because unbeknown to you it may contain a malicious software program called Malware. The best way to keep your business safe from Malware is to educate yourself, your teams, protect your devices and remain vigilant when using the internet, clicking on links and opening emails.

What is Malware?

The name derives simply from malicious + software = Malware. Malware is designed to disrupt, damage or gain access to your computer and your data. Malware can get into your network, files, documents, emails and your contacts. It can steal your data, delete documents, add software, send emails from you and even record your keystrokes to obtain passwords and memorable phrases.

Who can get affected by Malware?

Anyone who uses a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Malware is developed with one thing in mind, to cause destruction and bring chaos to your workplace and your life. It doesn’t care about you or your business, whether you are a small business or a big business, its primary purpose is to get your information and cause as much damage as possible.

What are types of Malware?

Malware comes in many guises such as phishing, worms, trojans, spyware and more. Each type of malware is created to cause disruption whether it be to take down your computer, steal your money or your identity.

  1. Phishing – fake emails and websites masquerading as from a legitimate company or person. Its purpose is to trick you into confirming account details such as bank numbers, logins and passwords and when you do its ready to steal your money.
  2. Spyware – Spyware does just that, it spies on your internet browsing and then targets you with pop-up advertising. Its purpose, to keep bombarding you with pop-ups until your computer is rendered useless and to share your information with third parties.
  3. Trojans – are disguised within legitimate software and when downloaded the trojan is unleashed into your system. Its purpose is to delete data, compromise security and infect your computer.
  4. Worms – once infected live inside your computer memory undetected and manifests through your network by sending email messages to people in your address book. Its purpose is to spread throughout your contacts damaging both your network, your contacts network and the internet.
  5. Ransomware – an infection that restricts access to your own computer or data, demanding a ransom upon which the PC will be unlocked. Its purpose is to block access to your computer or data until you pay to have it released.

How quickly can Malware spread?

In May 2017 the WannaCry ransomware spread from just one computer to over 200,000 within a matter of hours, bringing down hospitals, banks and organisations. One click on an email attachment brought about total chaos. WannaCry scrambled data and demanded ransom payments of $300 before access could be restored.

What can you do to keep your business safe?

More attacks like WannaCry are inevitable so understanding what you can do to keep your personal and business data safe is key.

  • Ensure you install anti-virus software on all of your devices
  • Update the anti-virus software regularly
  • Check the validity of emails
  • Be wary about clicking on links
  • Look out for dummy sites, if it doesn’t look and feel right then it probably isn’t
  • Change your passwords regularly
  • Passwords should contain complicated sequences such as a mix of numbers, letters, upper and lower case and symbols
  • Don’t share or give out passwords to anyone
  • Back up your files
  • Implement an IT Security Policy
  • Handover your internet security to an expert

With one click you could infect your business or you could ask boffix for help. We have a team of IT specialists that can help keep your business safe.

Call boffix today on 01840 700 700 or email us at hello@boffix.com to find out more.

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