In today’s digital age, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the sheer number of threats your company’s IT infrastructure can face. Malware is just one of the many, and today we’ll be helping you understand what exactly it is and how it can affect you. Malware is short for Malicious Software, and it can come in many forms, none of which are fun for your business. In short, all of their intent is to harm by way of breaching your security, collecting business and personal data, damaging your website and programs, and even spreading computer viruses that can destroy your website and computers.
How Does Malware Work?
One of the tricky aspects of malware is that once it strikes, it can be challenging to deal with. Even in small scale attacks, a specialist will likely be needed to remove the problem and repair the damage effectively. In general, prevention is the best option. Antivirus and anti-spam technology are quite advanced and allow for significant protection, making them more than worthwhile.
Types Of Malware
There are four main types of malware currently, knowing the difference can help you and your staff identify potential risks. Malicious downloads are one of the first types of threats you may encounter as they often come from email sources. These take the appearance of a common download from a trusted source and gain entrance to your system by a user; once they have the access, they connect to a larger source and begin installing other, harmful software. Action-oriented malware programs, like Trojan-horses, can only enter if the user has completed an action that allows them to gain access. Viruses are self-replicating software that can infect devices and computers quickly and easily. Last but not least, worms are a type of malicious software that works to infect as many computers within a system as possible.
How To Avoid The Threat
If you want to ensure that your company’s IT system is fully protected from malware, there are a few steps you can take. First, be sure that you have at least basic protection with anti-spam, antivirus, and firewall services. Most of these harmful programs will only attack a weak or vulnerable source. The next most crucial step is to properly train your staff and keep everyone up-to-date on the latest threats. When your team knows what to look for and what to avoid, they’ll be able to steer clear of problems more effectively.
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