This time of year there’s a feeling of goodwill and caring in the air. However, not everyone shares those thoughts of kindness and peace. Cyber threats are everywhere and it’s important to keep your network secure, no matter the size of the business. These are a few of the concerns to look out for in 2019.
Fileless Malware Attacks
Malware has been a threat for decades. However, there is a new danger emerging from the shadows. It’s called fileless malware.
Attackers get in by finding a weakness in software and executing code directly onto your computer. That access allows them to load fileless malware.
Anti-malware programs can help fight the attack as well as endpoint detection and response solutions. Watch your computer and the software you’re using closely. Address any vulnerabilities you encounter immediately.
Deal or No Deal?
Be careful where you click as well. Cyber criminals are becoming more crafty and deliberate in their approach. ‘Malvertising’ is the use of online advertising to spread malware. It typically involves injecting malicious or malware-laden ads into legitimate online advertising networks and websites. Many times these site managers have no idea who is actually buying the ad space. So if a deal looks a little too good to be true or seems too tempting, skip it. It could end up affecting your network.
Another technique that’s been around for years is ransomware. When opened, this malware locks you out of your computer until you pay the sender a ransom. This has been a global problem since 2005, affecting countless computers in more than 150 countries around the world. Phones are also being impacted by this crime.
We all get an email or a Facebook message from time to time that we wonder if it’s authentic. Many times these are viruses in disguise and millions of people fall for them each year. If you get a message you’re unsure about, don’t open it. Instead, pick up the phone and talk to the sender. Ask questions and figure out exactly what it is they’ve sent people opening up a trove of potential problems.
No matter the crime, the advice remains the same. Protect your networks with antivirus software. Also frequently back up data and store it on a device that is not online. If you aren’t sure that your network is protected, make sure to contact your local IT support company right away.