Malware, or malicious software, is written to cause harm to devices like your computer or smartphone. It can also be programmed to steal personal data or disrupt how your computer system works. It’s frustrating, it’s annoying, and it is much more common than you may think.

You may have heard of the term malware or another word that means the same thing, like virus or spyware. In any case, malware can show up uninvited to your personal devices or to devices o programs at work. As a business owner, malware should be especially frightening as it can not only decrease employee productivity but can also aid in significant data breaches.

Browsing Just Got More Dangerous

Just last month, news broke about a specific malware called Reductor. This particular malware leaves any infected system vulnerable over a network. Specifically, Reductor has been found to be able to intercept web traffic via Chrome and Firefox. Fortunately, the malware has only been spotted with users in Russia and Belarus, not America or elsewhere in the world. However, it is alarming to see this type of malware in action.

Best Practices for Avoiding Malware

In your workplace, it is important to adopt certain best practices to keep you and your employees safe from malware. Typically, malware gains access to systems by being downloaded. It only takes one employee to mistakenly download something from an email or online to infect your entire system. Once a system is infected or compromised, it can affect the efficiency of your systems and devices as well as leave your organization vulnerable to data or security breaches.

Managed IT services provide your company with the best frontline protection against malware or other types of attacks. Your off-site team will monitor your organization’s software and hardware, as well as keep up with regular malware scans and protective measures. If your organization is exposed to malware, your Managed IT services team will get you back online as quickly as possible.

Protect yourself, your employees, and your clients from a data breach by working with the team at RWK IT Services. Let’s talk more about your organization and your goals to develop a customized plan for you.