Use Antivirus Software to Stop Online Predators Who Want to Disrupt Your Business
July 3, 2017
Protecting your business from theft and vandalism doesn't end when you lock the office doors and turn on a security alarm. Keep in mind that your network and its component systems are potentially vulnerable to attack by agile online predators whose intended goals is to breach data systems and wreak havoc.
Online predators are a different kind of criminal. Once they attack, it may be too late to save your business from devastating losses. Here are several reasons why you need robust, updated antivirus software to help protect the business from predatory attacks 24 hours a day.
Discover Hidden Trojans Waiting to Pounce
If your business is like many others, it uses computers fairly regularly to carry out daily operations. Your company probably relies on a computer database and various software programs that allow staff members to move information freely within your network. If using computers to conduct business is your main focus, your business can be a sitting duck for unscrupulous digital predators with an intent to gain access to your company's private files. Computer viruses operate in stealth mode and are able to gain access after finding database holes in the system that you may not have known even existed.
While there are free antivirus and malware detection programs available online, this is a prime example of "you get what you pay for". These programs can you a false sense of security since they don't come with a full suite of virus-fighting tools and the option for automatic updates and monitoring. In addition, firewall programs included with most computer operating systems more often than not don't fully defend against sophisticated viral Trojans that easily wiggle their way past weak defenses. One innocent click of the button by an unsuspecting staff member can unleash a vicious virus that infects every computer connected to your network. It could be as simple as clicking on a suspicious looking attachment in an email, or opening an email from a sender that may in fact be a phishing scam.
Full protection programs automatically detect and stop viruses from finding loopholes that leave your system vulnerable to attack. When you download your antivirus program, you can initiate a scan to find hidden viruses that may potentially (or already) do damage to your network.
Protect Confidential Business and Personal Data From Theft
Many businesses are aware of the need to back up hard drive files, and they install an external hard drive on one or more computers just to be on the safe side. This is an important safety measure, but it doesn't stop a determined data thief from sending data extraction bots to steal confidential information found on those files. Hackers are after information such as credit card and Social Security numbers. Some unscrupulous business competitors resort to stealing confidential business secrets and use the stolen data to gain a competitive edge.
Unfortunately, most businesses don't know about these digital thefts until after the deed is done. Antivirus software acts as an alert system and gives you a heads up when unknown sources attempt to access private computer files.
Avoid Computer Hijacking Attempts
Hijacking is another unseen threat to your business systems. Without adequate antivirus protection, hackers can easily gain access to your network and take over even the most technologically advanced company computers. This is the sneakiest type of hacking crime, because with a remotely controlled computer, it's even easier to carry out any number of online crimes against both businesses and individuals. Hijacked computers make it difficult for authorities to trace the culprits. To avoid this unforeseen danger, use antivirus protection that also covers this threat.
Fiercely information the information and data stored on your company's computers is essential in a global marketplace where digital theft and malice pose a constant threat. Choose an antivirus software program capable of providing complete round-the-clock protection, and avoid costly data breach losses from the start.
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