Preventing a Malware attack is much more than your free antivirus package included when you purchased your device. It’s a mindset. It’s being aware of the possibilities and vulnerabilities. Stopping malware requires shifting from detection to prevention.
Malware is becoming one of the biggest threats online and has been the culprit in some of the world’s largest cyber-attacks including the 2017 WannaCry attack that affected over 200,000 individuals across the world hitting 150 different countries.
Malware, short for malicious software, is typically installed on a computer when a user clicks on a link. By the user clicking the link, they unknowingly download a malicious attachment, or this prompts a rogue software program to open. Once installed, attackers can use the malware to spy on your online activities, steal personal and financial information or even use your device to hack other systems.
This form of cyber-attack has been extremely profitable. Cybercriminals are constantly developing new techniques, blending old and new variants to maximize damage.
Malware has many variants, with some being more harmful than others. Statistics state there are at least 230,000 new malware samples produced every day and each strain has its own unique way of infecting, capturing, and damaging computers. The most common forms of malware are...Ransomware
It’s exhausting trying to detect and defend your business from constant malware attacks. The best security measures eventually become outdated, making online IT security a constant task. Staying informed AND keeping your staff members informed will be the most important safety net you can have. Staying informed is just as crucial as having dependable security software. Educating your team about malware, how to decipher official emails from phishing scams and similar entities will ultimately keep your data safe and away from those planning your demise. At some point, bringing in professionals to take over or even just putting a second pair of eyes on your current attempts will yield useful.
Here’s a quick checklist to help you begin your Online Security venture. Review this internally monthly at a minimum, making sure nothing slips through the cracks.
Social engineering is another fairly common method of cyber infection. It is the art of manipulation at its best. It is normally an email pretending to be sent from a trusted source, such as your bank, your work, tech support scams, etc. These criminals have a knack for tricking the innocent browser. And in all honesty, it is naturally easier for the criminal to exploit the victim's instinct to trust, especially in times of need.
Step 1 - Check the sender's address. Is this email from the actual company he/she claims to be associated with?
Step 2 - Is this a real URL and how can I tell? Hover over links provided in the email and it will show you the full URL.
Step 3 - Did you notice any grammatical errors, such as line breaks, misspelling, or extra spaces? Or sentences that sound foreign or miscommunicated? Reading the email with an eagle eye will help you detect the fraudsters.
Step 4 - Be informed of the proper channels each organization/company will typically use to contact you.
Cybercriminals love pretending to be your bank via SMS/text message or even creating fake bank apps. Never confirm or give out any personal data or account numbers via text, especially social security numbers. Again, when in doubt, contact your financial institution directly.
Have you ever heard of an exploit kit? Sadly, not many have until it happens to them. These devious little things rummage around your device looking for any vulnerabilities within the system. These weaknesses can range from an unprotected operating system, software that hasn’t received on-time updates, or a device without proper browser security.
What does that mean exactly? Well, no matter the amount of safe and cautious browsing in the world can protect you from every new dirty technique these cybercriminals come out with. Sometimes you need a professional to cross the T’s and dot the I’s. Invest in yourself and your business and layering your security software by...
As a business, having a reliable backup program is the priority. This can be a life-or-death sentence for your business in the event of a malware attempt. Data backup is the final layer of defense. Finding the quickest restore data capability is your safest and should be your main priority. This feature will keep your data backed up and saved at an almost live rate.
“Security professionals agree a multi-layer approach—using not only multiple layers of security technology but also user awareness—helps keep you protected from the bad guys and your own mistakes.”
Malware attack prevention is possible. The majority of the preventable measures needed are simple tasks requiring minimal effort/funds. Remembering these can save you some headaches down the road.
By following the guidelines given, drastically drops your chances of becoming a victim.
Be the change and stop malware. Be proactive rather than reactive.