July 12th, 2017 by William Wentowski
You may have recently seen reports on the news discussing recent IT attacks and malware prevention measures. These specials aim to inform and help protect users from inadvertently spreading threats or falling into cyber traps. We've also been sharing information about the recent ransomware attacks around the globe, explaining the different types of threats and their effects.
A common threat is malware, which aims to "disrupt or disable computers or networks. It can take the form of a virus or a worm". In contrast, a virus is spread by "sending emails, sharing files, downloading an infected file or inserting a USB stick" into an infected machine. This means that the average user can help to prevent its spread by scanning files and emails before sharing. Worms, on the other hand, spread on their own throughout the network. Then there is phishing, which steals sensitive data, such as financial, healthcare, or personal information. The threat you've probably heard the most about recently though is ransomware, where hackers use vulnerabilities in your software to capture your data and lock it up. Then they hold it ransom, leaving you in a difficult situation and compromising the security of that data.
BTS can help you to understand and protect your system against threats like the ones we've described.
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