Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Scareware

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Scareware

Scareware may be the most common and frustrating form of Malware. You’ve probably seen it before, perhaps without even knowing it. Scareware can create fake warnings that say your PC is infected and to “click here” for the solution. The irony is that the link is infectious, and the simple act of clicking it will infect your PC. Some forms of scareware are so intelligent that attackers have even created fake command prompt windows so that when the user tries to quit the offending program, the user launches the malware— very tricky! The best solution to this problem is to install internet security software an update it regularly.

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Botnets

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 3: Botnets

A Botnet is another type of malware that targets PCs. In the case of botnets, multiple PCs are generally infected and compiled together to perform a task only achieved with mass computing power. With many PCs infected all at once, the attacker has the collective power of all those PCs to create an attack. In the past, attackers have used this specific type of malware to spam certain websites with so much traffic that their servers can’t handle it and they go offline. You need your PC for your business, not to be used as an agent in an attacker’s arsenal.

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Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 2: Trojans

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 2: Trojans

A Trojan, or Trojan Horse is a type of malware that attacks your PC disguised as something else. The name comes from the famous war tactic of the Trojans. The Trojans delivered a giant horse through the gates of their enemy under the guise of it being a gift, meanwhile Trojan soldiers were waiting within to destroy their enemy from the inside. Trojan horse malware operates in much the same fashion. Trojans will often enter into a user’s PC via email attachments, downloads or from spam links. The trojan will generally then allow the attacker to access the victim’s personal information such as banking details, passwords or IP address.

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Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 1: Intro

Antivirus For Small Businesses – Part 1: Intro

For the month of July, CapitalTek is going to be discussing some of the main types of viruses and provide some tips on how you can stay protected from each. Small businesses use PCs, and PCs are susceptible to thousands if not hundreds of thousands of different kinds of viruses. While this may seem like an intimidating statistic, most of these viruses can be broken down into three main sub-categories. Each sub-category generally has it’s own solution, and thus can be remedied as such.

This month we’ll be looking at Trojans, Botnets and Scareware forms of malware. Please check back to learn more about each of the categories of PC viruses and learn how you can keep yourself and your business protected.

Computer Maintenance for Small Businesses – Part 5: Conclusion

Computer Maintenance for Small Businesses – Part 5: Conclusion

Technology is likely a huge component of your business, hence the reason you’re reading this article! Computer maintenance is crucial for your business to run properly. We can’t stress enough that operating your business technology without maintenance is like driving your car without regular oil and filter changes.

Most small business owners are busy, so they don’t necessarily have time to run computer updates. CapitalTek offers a comprehensive Business Uninterrupted™ managed IT services package that includes PC maintenance. Don’t hesitate to book your complimentary consultation today!

Computer Maintenance for Small Businesses – Part 4: Security Updates

Computer Maintenance for Small Businesses – Part 4: Security Updates

For every new piece of technology that’s released surrounding the PC market, there’s someone out there trying to hack it. Hackers exist for multiple reasons, but the bottom line for you is you need to stay protected. Vulnerabilities require someone to be hacked to realize them in the first place. You could think of it this way; someone out there with a PC was hacked and sacrificed their computer to save your PC. So once Microsoft releases that security patch, make sure you install it immediately so that you don’t have the same problem. Many of the programs designed
to hack computers are built around people not installing security updates, don’t make that mistake!

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