The personal computer and the internet bring many benefits and most businesses could not function without them. Unfortunately, while providing opportunities and convenience for your business, a computer connected to the internet also brings opportunities for criminals to damage your business from within.
Malware is the generic term for any kind of software that was written with malicious intent. It includes, but is not limited to, the following.
These can find their way on to your computers and servers in several different ways.
- Downloads from a malicious web site
- Attachments in a seemingly-innocent email
It is highly recommended that anti-virus software is installed on your computers and servers to protect them against malware. Although known as 'anti-virus software', most anti-virus software will give protection against the other types of malware too, not just viruses. It is also important that Windows Update is not disabled, as it delivers critical patches for security vulnerabilities in the operating system and other software.
There are various things you can do to protect against malware, but the most important is to install good quality anti-virus software and keep it up to date. While there are free anti-virus solutions available, which do offer a degree of protection, they most likely do not offer the same level of protection that a paid anti-virus solution will give you. They might only protected against viruses, for example.
We can supply, install and maintain good-quality business-grade anti-virus software for all your PCs, laptops and servers, with a modest annual payment for keeping it up to date. Alternatively, we can just supply the licences leaving you to install the anti-virus software, with help from us available over the phone if you need it.
If you are not certain what protection you need against malware and computer viruses, contact us for help and advice.