As long as the Internet has been around, there have been certain individuals who want to stick their noses and viruses in places where they do not belong. With time, government and private agencies have been able to identify and prevent malicious attacks ranging in size and severity. Unfortunately, this also means that cybercrimals are upping their game and finding new methods by which to infiltrate private and professional affairs.
Malware threats are more prevalent than they’ve ever been, for both the public and private sector, so it’s important to arm yourself with the necessary information and tools to make the best-informed decisions possible.
Here, there, everywhere
As previously mentioned, threats are abundant in all parts of the world where people use computers. The thing with determined hackers is that they’ll work day and night to make a code work and compromise a system. According to Softpedia, in the United States and the United Kingdom, banking Trojans are the new hot program that cyber criminals are focusing on. The source noted that there were 44.5 percent more threats to banks in 2014 than there were in 2013, a dramatic and discouraging increase for those in the security business.
The U.S. and U.K. were not the only affected countries, though, as Russia and Canada also showed some high numbers of threats against the banking system. Malware is certainly an international issue because computer code is largely the same no matter where in the world you are.
Stop the threats
Even though big banks are vulnerable to smart and tricky hackers, there are ways for other companies to protect themselves. Practicing safe online techniques may not eliminate threats entirely, but it will certainly make it a little bit more difficult for unwanted visitors on a private system.
While on a public network or using a third-party application on a private network, it’s best to give websites and apps as few permissions as possible to access the given device, reported PCWorld. Not only are these common ways for hackers to get into a computer, tablet or smartphone, but most of the time you will not even realize there is a problem until it’s too late.
Should a server or some other device become infected with malicious malware, wipe the hard drive and start fresh. Just make sure files are backed up properly using a cloud or online storage solution to make the transition as easy as possible. Malware may slow you down but with a proper back up, you’ll be right back to it in no time.