Malware are created with the intent to damage or disable our mobile devices, computers or servers. These attempts can include disrupting computing or communication operations, trying to steal sensitive data, accessing our private networks, or hijacking our systems to exploit their resources. With the tremendous growth in email and internet use over the last couple of decades, we have seen a corresponding explosion of growth in malware.
Malware primarily targets personal, financial or business information, usually for monetary gain. It can also be used for identity theft, cyberwarfare, espionage and/or to disrupt service. Victims can be governments, companies, organizations or individual users. Cities, municipalities and companies of all sizes have been targeted. In order for a malware program to be successful it must be able to run without being detected, shut down or deleted. Cyber hackers work around the clock and across the globe to make this a reality.
Malware can take several different forms:
Microsoft recently reported that one in every 14 downloads from the internet may now contain malware. With the rise of mobile computing and social media in recent years, we are witnessing an exponential rise in malware proliferation. Millions of computers are exposed to the threat of unwanted software. In the first six months of 2017, an average of six million computers encountered unwanted software every month.
Awareness is essential but that’s only half of the battle. What can we do to help prevent or at least slow down Malware?
Here are seven battle tested actions that you can use to protect your computers and networks from malware:
These seven simple battle tested actions can help slow down malware attempts on your computers and networks. It takes a concerted defensive battle effort and plan from you and your IT Vendor to protect you and your organization.
Ron Prevatte is the Director of Business Development with Integrated Solutions.
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