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Malware & Virus Support that Evolves with Your Business
Technology is ever-evolving. With that, so are malicious attacks and viruses designed to harm your business and drain your bank account. At CIO Tech, we do our homework. We take a proactive approach to protecting your business. We’re constantly researching the newest in online threats and find new ways to keep your business protected.
What are Viruses, Phishing Scams and Spam?
Not familiar with tech lingo? To better understand the potential threat your company is facing, here’s the difference between viruses, phishing scams and spam.
Much like a cold, viruses will infect your system, multiply and spread to other areas. However, the effects don’t remedy themselves over time. You’ll need to be constantly vigilant, be able to diagnose the problem and provide a remedy. The effects of viruses can range from small to seriously harmful. It’s important to identify and fix the problem before it gets out of hand.
How Can Viruses Affect Your Business?
Here are just some of the ways viruses can cause distractions or catastrophic problems for your business.
- Copy information off hard drives
- Delete programs from your hard drive
- Wipe out your hard drive
- Launch attacks at major websites or corporate computers using groups of computers
- Block your internet access
- Added pop-ups
Phishing scams are another way for someone to obtain your personal information so they can log in to your accounts, steal your money and shut down your business. They’re usually email-based scams, although there’s evidence that these scams can also occur on social media, instant message platforms and via text messages.
Phishing emails are generated by scammers posing as big banks, major websites or even the government entities, such as the IRS. As you know, it’s always important to know who emails are coming from before you open them. However, when running a business, you have an entire staff who may not be as email savvy. The chances of one of these emails being opened down the road increases as your staff increases.
Anyone with an email has experienced some form of spam. Some more than others. Some estimates suggest spam makes up about 90% of all sent emails. They’re usually sent to sell you a product or service. Although sometimes spam can just be used as a cover for phishing scams or viruses.