Cyberattacks are already extremely common and increasing in frequency and severity each year, which is also making malware protection very important for every business. According to one study, an average organization experiences 130 security breaches every year. If that’s not scary enough, 60% of all small- and medium-sized businesses are forced to shut down within 6 months of a cyberattack.
The purpose behind these attacks could be anything from damaging a company’s reputation to accessing sensitive information to sell on the black market. Whatever the goal of the hacker is, the end result is almost always devastating for the company.
The cyberattacks or hacking techniques are designed to trick the security systems, but there are always little hints that can make you aware of their presence on your network. Let’s take a look at some indicators that could signal a malware attack on your system and how to get malware protection in place.
If you or your employees are getting ransomware messages on your system, it obviously means that the network has been compromised with malicious software (malware). These messages generally appear on the front page of the website and prevent you from accessing the content unless you pay a specified amount of money (online).
It’s important to note that these attacks don’t necessarily happen because someone in your company visited an “infected” website while at work. Sometimes, it could be that an employee opens a spam message or email that directs them to download infected files. Since these emails/messages look extremely legit, people don’t think twice before doing what the email asks them to do.
The best way to handle these situations is to contact malware protection experts right away; don’t pay the demanded money immediately. We also recommend shutting down and disconnecting the infected parts of the systems to prevent any further damage.
Another common malware attack involves hackers encrypting files, and preventing access to them until the company pays the “ransom”. It is similar to ransomware in this way, but it’s not as easily detectable.
It’s nearly impossible for non-IT professionals to detect encrypted files until they click on them and find they can’t open them. So, consider taking proactive safeguards against malware issues. You can do this by hiring a professional malware prevention company. These experts know how to identify the malware, no matter how sophisticated it is.
It’s safe to say that a mouse cursor should not be moving on its own. If it seems like someone else is controlling things, that’s a clear sign of remote desktop hacking via malware.
In this case, immediately disconnect all affected computers from the network, and then try to figure out the point of entry. We also recommend monitoring your network traffic for suspicious activity. You should also sign out of all services and programs on the affected machine and run a thorough virus scan.
Are you experiencing any of the telltale signs mentioned above? If yes, we can help. At We Solve Problems, our highly skilled cybersecurity experts can help limit the adverse effects of an existing attack and ensure you don’t fall victim to similar attacks in the future.
Call us at 310-998-7070 or reach us online, and we will be happy to provide comprehensive malware protection, spyware protection, and protection against other viruses too.