Monday, March 14th, 2016

Don’t Be Held Ransom by Malware

The staff of Access Technologies is current in all aspects of computer security and internet safety. Unfortunately, we need to report on yet another potential breech of information may be looming in the wings.

The BBC News reports that Macintosh (Mac) Computers have been hit by “ransomware” for [reportedly] the first time. Ransomware, if you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, is a computer virus that takes over all or part of your computer or file system, unless you pay their ransom—and the problem is only getting larger and more aggressive. According to a recent 2015 Australian Cyber Security Centre report, 72% of businesses surveyed in Australia experienced ransomware attacks, that percentage was just 17% in 2013.

Almost all computer viruses today come from interactions with apps or websites that contain malware or ransomware. Typically, a malicious interaction will take the form of an e-mail, spam, or a software update. If you open these messages, the virus can immediately begin to capture and encrypt your company and personal files. With that task completed, the trap has been set—and you will receive the ransom demand to release your files.

How do you stay safe?

You know you and your staff should always be diligent and stay away from websites, apps, and e-mails that even hint at being suspicious. However, in a business environment, that’s not always possible. All of your business computers should be using virus software to alert you to malicious activity. But, if your business has multiple computing stations, that may be unrealistic—unless you employ the expertise of Access Technologies. Their trained staff will help you onboard technology that will keep all of your devices safe—throughout the state, the country, and around the world with Access Technologies’ IT Network Management. For more information on how to keep your data safe, contact Access Technologies at 505-938-3945.

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Access Technologies provides full spectrum IT + network monitoring, alerting and reporting services through NED - our exclusive management system.

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