5 Tips to Protect Your Business Computers from Malware

All Businesses need to make sure they protect their computers from malware. Malware is any software that is intentionally designed to cause damage to your computer, server, or network. Stopping a malware attack requires a different approach than traditional methods that stop malicious files at a single point in time. Since malware attacks leverage a series of known, allowed applications and processes, the entire event sequence must be analyzed to uncover the threat. Technology offers solutions that we might not get under conventional methods. By investing in new technology, you can ensure to keep your companies computers safe and secure.

Protect Against Malware: The Hidden Truth Behind the Responsibility

1) The first thing a business should do is install quality anti-virus software. There are a lot of options on the market, but only a few will do what your business needs. Computers have a way of working for or against you. That is why you need to remain one step ahead of the game. Find a program that you can trust. That trust and reliability will encourage your program to work more efficiently. You can choose one of the bundling services available, but they may not be much help. Something to think about before you make your choice.

2) Computers need to be updated frequently. Whether it is the programs on your computer, security protection or system updates, they need to be kept current. Programs more than ten years old are not going to help. Security breaches happen every day and it is vital that you are always prepared.

3) You can perform regular scans using your “protect against malware” program. Most antivirus programs come with the option to do an auto-run. Did you know a virus could attach itself to one of the programs? Auto-run is something that is run automatically. The only problem with that is it leaves the program vulnerable to anything, including hackers and malware. You always have to option to manually do a scan which should be done weekly.

4) Time to talk about email attachments and open files sent to your inbox. You might not want to open them up so fast. By opening up an email attachment from a recipient you do not know can open you up to malware. Malware has a way of attaching itself to email files, particularly when they are vulnerable. The file might not look vulnerable to you, but your computer might see something different. When in doubt about an email, send it to the spam folder.

What you should do is run a virus scan on the file first. I am also talking about files sent by friends and co-workers. Malware could have attached itself to the file without your knowledge. You can open the file once the system determines it is safe. The scan will only take a few seconds. A few extra seconds is a small sacrifice compared to opening a corrupted file that shuts your computer down in the office.

5) Your company should have plug-ins installed. The plug-ins are there to protect against malware and other malicious hacking. Someone could do a drive-by search and get the browsing history. Someone could send a phishing scam to one of the open windows without the plug-ins to help.

Protecting against malicious computer viruses can help save your company time and money, thereby, allowing you to concentrate on more important matters like using the cloud.