Viruses, malware and how to protect your business

Viruses, malware and how to protect your business

Phil went off for a training day with Sophos in London last month to learn about the latest threats from viruses and malware etc.

One interesting fact was that according to Sophos the biggest threat in terms of the entry point for viruses and malware is PDF files, so beware PDF files can contain viruses and malware.

This continues to highlight the need for up to date protection as the threat from viruses and malware is constantly changing.

In addition to up to date protection it is important to have a multi layered approach to protection, for example you might have all your emails being scanned for spam and viruses (such as our own ExchangeDefender service), antivirus software on your computer and scanning of the websites you are viewing or any combination of the above and more.

Newer operating systems such as Windows 7 are also doing their bit to protect against emerging threats by making it harder to compromise machines.

Other interesting things highlighted included how easy it is to download/buy your own virus making kit online, ever more sophisticated email scams that direct you to a valid looking website (such as your internet banking) and log your details when you try to login.

It is becoming more and more critical to stay up to date with the security patches that are released both for windows and for individual programs on your computer. This because most of the threats utilise known security holes in software. BITS manage the installation of the latest security patches for all our support customers.

You can easily contact us by email, via our enquiry form or simply call us on 01373 888 333. Posted by Lee Edge on 11/07/2011

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