Worried about malware attacks? Check the best preventive steps here!
Malware, short for ‘malicious software’, refers to programs that are designed infect systems, networks, and devices, in multiple ways. There are different kinds of malware – adware, ransomware, viruses, spyware, worms and so on. Every year, numerous businesses, small and large alike, fall prey to malware attacks, and hackers use the retrieved and stolen data for various purposes. It’s easy to understand why malware prevention is on the top of cybersecurity priority list for most companies. What can you possibly do to prevent a malware attack? We have a guide below for your help.
Update software & firmware
Manufacturers and developers are constantly trying to improve their products and programs, and they offer patched editions of their software and firmware from time to time. Make it a point to update everything, including browsers and plugins, to the latest version.
Educate employees on social engineering
Hackers often use tricks of social engineering to get personal information and confidential data. It is possible to prevent such malware attacks, as long as your employees are aware of social engineering. Hire cybersecurity experts if required, but make it a point to explain the possible hazards of clicking an unknown link, downloading unverified files or acting on a popup.
Focus on password protection
Unfortunately, not all companies are taking password protection seriously. Hackers often hack into systems because of weak passwords, only to infect systems and devices with malware. Ensure that all default passwords are changed immediately, and employees are using strong passwords. Strong passwords are long, complex, have special characters, and numbers. If your employees are not using a password management tool as yet, ask them to find a recommended one.
Get rid of outdated software
Uninstall outdated legacy software and programs that are not in use anymore. These are prone to malware vulnerabilities, because these haven’t been used or patched to the latest version in a long time.
Don’t miss on email etiquette
A number of malware attacks happen through emails. Unsuspecting employees often end up clicking emails that come from unknown senders. Phishing emails are too common these days, but not very hard to find. These usually have numerous spelling mistakes and come from very rare emails. Define what employees are allowed to open and access through office email.
Finally, keep an eye on new malware vulnerabilities and threats. It is necessary to stay a step ahead of hackers, because they are always looking for new means and ways to launch a malware attack.