Malware : This is a general term for a virus. This is an important word to know as some people may not refer to it as a virus or infection. The over all task of any malware is to gain unauthorised access to your machine via downloading malicious software.
It's aim is to block the user from gaining access to their files. It completes this by encrypting your data. (Essentially it changes the data into a code you have no idea how to unlock.) The only way to get your files back is to pay a ransom. However, it is more likely that you have lost them forever. This is why taking a backup of your files in a seperate location is so important.
As it's name suggests this malware is used to view information. Relaying your important data to another person for them to use how they wish. (Usually for purchasing items online.)
One of the most favoured malware among hackers. This is because they can target a whole company (or certainly a large number of people in a company), purely with the infection of one machine. Once the worm is implanted in your machine, it replicates itself and uses the network to spread further. It's aim can change depending on how it is coded. Either it will modify and delete files, or it will inject additional malicious software onto your system.
This is a very popular reference in film. Once installed its aim is to record all of the keystrokes you make. It records and sends this data straight to the hacker.
Much like the tale, the Trojan Horse disguises itself as a safe program to breach your systems. It may be a software you really like the sound of, and it might seem extremely popular. However, when installed it reveals it's true self and causes mahem. Either deleting data, blocking data or spying on your sensitive information.
Also very popular in film. (Die Hard 4) It is installed to cause pop ups on your screen. Potentially in a flurry of random nasty websites and image ads. Or random pop ups that appear all over your screen and are therefore hard to avoid.
If you are unsure and require help. Please give us a call. It is better to be safe than sorry. Malware can cause irreversible damage to your machine and if spread, it can shut down your business.
If ever in doubt do not open the attachment. We understand that business is important and opening files can be part of the back and forth between companies. But it is honestly better safe than sorry in this case. Having a virus can cause more effects than you realise. And in some cases, can shut down a whole business. If all else fails, pick up the phone and talk with the sender, this way you can confirm if the email is genuine. In a further post, we will list some of the most devastating Malware and what each of them do. Also giving details as to the experiences we have had with them. But for now, just politely check with the sender and follow the steps above if not. For more information, call us. We are happy to assist with prevention and to give some ideas on how to install processes or key information within your business so no harm comes to your systems.
How do you know it is a scam?
Here are some pictures showing you what happens. Of course, we didn’t click on the link and so we don’t know the exact scam this person was attempting to pull. But after scanning the link in the email out of curiosity, we realized it truly was a malicious link. There are other detailed cases of this happening.