Los Angeles IT services providers provide an increasing number of protections against ever pernicious computer viruses. There’s a strange aspect of reality which is reflected in the digital world. As super-bugs, super-flu, and other biological threats become more uncontrollable than ever, in the computer world the same kind of thing is happening. A variety of different computer viruses are compounding on one another through increasing cybercriminal involvement. Did you know that by 2019, cybercrime fallout is expected to top $2 trillion? That trend is on the increase, and what this means is there are now digital “superbugs” your business needs to watch out for. A great example is the WannaCry worm, which spread through operations in 150+ countries.
This worm was designed and disseminated by North Korea, and that’s especially disturbing for smaller businesses. When countries are getting in on the cybercrime game, it’s time to be especially wary. With that in mind, one way to help safeguard yourself is to know your enemy. You need to know what sorts of viruses are out there and how you may safeguard against them. Following are several common computer viruses you need to be on the lookout for:
- Trojan viruses
Los Angeles IT Services providers can definitely help you identify common entryways that viruses use, like Trojans. A Trojan might come in the form of a third-party application which hides malware in its code that isn’t utilized until the hacker needs to do something specific at a specific time. Basically, Trojan viruses hide behind software that deigns to be, and also appears to be, legitimate.
A Botnet may be facilitated through Trojan viruses. Basically, a Botnet piggybacks off a network of computers in order to use them as a concerted tool. It’s like a hacker making a mini-cloud of devices that can be used toward their cybercriminal ends. In the fourth quarter of 2016, a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack knocked out most the east coast. This was basically a Trojan hidden in third-party apps which facilitated a massive botnet utilizing smartphones to bombard targets until they collapsed.
Scareware tries to trick you into thinking you’ve got a virus, so in fear, you’ll download an actual virus from a cybercriminal scammer. Scareware can be hard to identify, as people are becoming used to older tactics. MSPs can help you design protocols which naturally preclude such underhanded tactics.
This is a virus not designed to harm your business, but steal proprietary secrets. MSPs can help find them through observation of operations, identification of anomalies, and restriction of suspicious activity.
The 2017 WannaCry attack was ransomware. Basically, it locked people out of their computers unless they paid a “ransom”. Ransomware commonly demands bitcoin, and if you don’t pay the fee, your files may be destroyed. You need BDR (Backup and Data Recovery) in order to wipe your system and restart without losing data. Additionally, you need employee training protocols to help identify this pernicious threat.
Fortifying Your Business
Los Angeles IT Services through Integritechs Technology Professionals can help you identify common digital threats and prevent them. Contact us now to better secure your network.