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Your Business Network Could Be at Risk from Hidden Computer Viruses

 

Computer Viruses

It took a little education, a pinch of training, and a dash of patience, but finally, you have the perfect recipe to keep your business safe from cybercriminals. You’ve explained the dangers of opening attachments or clicking on shady links to your employees. You’ve installed all the latest firewalls, anti-spyware, and ant-virus software. You’ve even managed to implement an “iron-clad” data backup and recovery strategy. And at long last, you can now rest easy knowing your personal information, financial records, intellectual property, and other crucial business data is safe, right?

Wrong. Cybercriminals are a crafty lot, always looking for new ways to infiltrate your network. So, just when you thought you created the perfect security plan, cyber thieves have already devised a scheme to breach it.

As difficult as it may be to keep up with cyberattacks, it is vital that you do everything in your power to ensure the safety of your business data. To help you stay one step ahead of hackers, here are a few places computer viruses may be hiding that you probably never even thought to check.

Viruses embedded in a Word or Excel document

These days, it is fairly common knowledge not to open up questionable looking links. We aren’t going to fall for that one again. But just as you might have expected, cybercriminals are up to their old tricks once more, embedding viruses in Word or Excel documents.

The latest scam popping up recently are confirmation emails that are designed to trick you into opening up a document. Once you’ve opened the attached file, your computer becomes infected with a file-encrypting ransomware, hijacking your data, and rendering it completely inaccessible.

Viruses can spread via smartphones

While it’s true that malware attacks on smartphones are rare (but on the rise), believe it or not, these devices can be carriers of computer viruses. Remember, your phone is just another USB device. And like any storage device, they can carry viruses. So, if you plug an infected smartphone into your pc or laptop, malware can spread to your computers, wreaking havoc on your business network.

Viruses from social media sites

If you think you are safe from scammers on social media, you’d be wrong. Cyber thieves want to go where the action is. They follow the crowds, looking to take advantage of unsuspecting users who might inadvertently download malware onto their computers. So, the next time you feel urge to click on links in your social media sites, keep in mind that social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are full of dangerous links.

With today’s sophisticated cybercrimes, taking a DIY approach to network security simply isn’t going to cut it. Malware is on the rise and continuously evolving, with cybercriminals generating more advanced ways to infect your business network.

At Safe Harbour, we provide effective IT solutions that deliver the highest level of protection for all your business data.

For more information about our IT services, call 604-295-5355 or toll free 877-974-2726.