How to Protect Your Business from Malware

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Does your business operate a computer (or ten)? Or maybe over a hundred? Most companies these days can't do day-to-day operations without their trusty technologies like computers, tablets, and smartphones. But every single one of those devices you rely on is a window into your business's information, and could be the entry point for malware.

Understanding and Protecting Yourself From Malware

Malware is a shorthand term for "malicious software," and can refer to a virus, a worm, spyware, and more. Hackers, spammers, and thieves design malware to cause damage, steal information, and wreak havoc.

There are a two different common kinds of malware that you could encounter.

  1. Worms: Malware "worms" are a particularly annoying type of malware designed to replicate over and over and over again. You can imagine how this would halt productivity quickly: if a worm infects your computer, you'll run out of space and likely experience freezing and other related issues. Worms don't require a program to invade your computer network; they can take advantage of any flaws in your network and move right in.

  2. Virus: Computer viruses aren't so different from the viruses that infect humans and animals; they move in and start damaging your system. Hackers and spammers write viruses with the sole purpose of taking over your computer and destroying and altering files. Viruses can be devastating, particularly if your computer's information isn't backed up.

If you're not sure that your company is adequately protected from malware, it's time to take swift action. Choose a Chicago local managed IT services provider and start protecting your company's information today—before you fall victim to attack. For more details about how managed IT services can benefit your business, contact us.

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