Friday, 23 January 2015 12:02

Data Security and Computer Treat Awareness Alert: (Malware) You may have Malware on your business computers today and may not even know it!

Written by Duane Lansdowne
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Malware-Email-Website-All System ThreatsMalware is a general term for malicious software including viruses, worms, Trojans and spyware. Many people use the terms malware and viruses interchangeably.

Malware is short for "malicious software." Malware is any unwanted software that is installed without your adequate consent. Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are examples of malicious software that are often grouped together and referred to as malware. Malware or "malicious software" intend is to steal data, damage or disable computers and computer systems.

Having proper security measures usually detects a wider range of threats than just viruses.

Document Malware

Document malware takes advantage of embedded script or macro content in a document files.

Macro viruses infecting Microsoft Office documents first appeared in the mid-1990s and rapidly became the most serious threat of that time. In recent years, malicious content designed to exploit vulnerabilities is now much more common than older viruses. By embedding malicious content vulnerabilities in the host applications used for opening the douments.

Email Malware

Email malware refers to malware that is distributed via email.

Some of the most prolific virus families distributed themselves as file attachments in email. These families relied on users double-clicking an attachment, which would run the malicious code, infect their machine and send itself to email address from that computer.

Nowadays, hackers have changed their focus and mainly use the web for malware distribution. They still use email messages, but mostly as a way of distributing links to malicious sites, not for carrying malicious file attachments. However even today some malware families use email distribution to run malicious code on user machines.

Critical Awareness for Business Owners, Healthcare Providers and Medical Offices:

Again, having proper security measures in place is your best defense against these treats.

You should use strong anti-spam security in conjunction with endpoint security software and network security to defend againt email, and web malware. In addition, user education can raise awareness of email scams and seemingly innocent attachments from strangers.

If you would like to learn more about other security threats or to receveive a FREE Network Security Assessment. Contact of us today at 703-270-1007 or visit

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