Cyber Dangers Are Everywhere This November.
We have had an increase in the number of calls to the office with some nasty viruses. On the Cyber front we have have noticed quite a few tricky emails that if we weren’t paying attention we might just have opened them and fallen prey to the criminals ourselves.
What Should We Watch Out For?
1. Emails with Attachments. The hackers have really upped their game with this oldie but goodie. They are coming with emails that look like a Wire Transfer Confirmation from your bank, a Resume for an open position, or a Purchase Order that needs to be approved from a supplier. However, when you hover your mouse above the attachment you see it is not a PDF but a ZIP file. Double click that file and the Cryptolocker Virus will execute and your hard drive will be encrypted. The End.
2. This is Microsoft Calling. You get a call from Microsoft Support to let you know your Computer has a Virus. They sell you a Computer Support plan which you pay for with your Credit Card, launch a Remote Repair Session and leave you with hundreds and hundreds of Computer Viruses on your computer. Gee Thanks.
3. Downloading Unknown Software off of the Internet. There are a lot of websites out there trying to get you to download their software. One area where you can get into Cyber trouble is Coupon and Gambling Websites. However, once you download the software you are also downloading viruses, receiving pop up ads and your personal information is being reported back to the company that created the software.
4. Just a Cell Phone… Right? Mobile Devices are everywhere now, and most people don’t treat these mini computers as such. First of all, get a password on that device. Secondly, never ever give sensitive information on a cell phone. Who knows who is overhearing you in the coffee shop but the piece few people think about is that there could be someone with a scanner listening in on your call. Always use a landline or a secure computer for these types of communications.
5. Don’t Login to Your Computer as the Administrator. Only login as the Administrator on your computer when doing functions that require it. Why? Guess what…the damage that is created by viruses and settings changes needs an administrator account to be done. If you are logged in as the standard account a hacker needs the administrator account in order to deploy its viruses.
As we head into 2016, we all need to be especially vigilant to protect our businesses and put a Cyber Security plan into action. You can always call our office at 720-746-9763 to schedule a Threat Assessment for your business.
Code Blue Computing is a Broomfield, Colorado based Computer Support company that helps small and medium businesses with outsourced I.T. support on a variety of topics including Cyber Security.