Cybercrimes occur when criminals (known informally as hackers), access your computer for malicious reasons.
It can happen at any time on an unprotected computer – and for many different reasons.
It could be the hackers want to access your computer – including your Internet connection – to increase their bandwidth for infecting other computers.
Or they could be after personal information, such as your credit card or other banking information.
Whatever their aim, online criminals are out there – trying to access your computer make their money and go – as quickly and easily as possible.
Therefore it is obvious that the more difficult you can make their job, the more likely they are to leave you alone and move on to ‘easier pickings’.
Computers can be particularly susceptible to cyber vulnerabilities – otherwise known as flaws in the computer software that can create weaknesses in your computer, or your network’s overall security.
These vulnerabilities can also be brought about by unsafe computer or security configurations, which when exploited by criminals can result in severe damage to the computer or its data.
There are several options available to protect your computer against vulnerabilities:
- Keep software and security patches up to date
- Ensure security settings for your operating system, Internet browser and security software are correctly configured
- Develop personal security policies for online behaviour, and ensure all staff follow these policies to promote online safety
- Install a proactive security solution like Dell ‘SonicWALL’, to block such threats.
To help prevent cyber attacks, Core IT can provide Network Firewall solutions for all businesses looking to protect the integrity of their data.
By using the latest and most effective security hardware – the Dell ‘SonicWALL’ firewall – Core IT provides superior intrusion prevention, malware protection, application intelligence and control, and real-time traffic visualisation.
These firewalls are also fully scalable – allowing state of the art security to be extended to your business’s growing and distributed networks.
Core IT’s Dell SonicWALL solution also offers your computer systems a host of other advantages, as it can:
- Seize control of your applications
- Shut out threats at the Gateway
- Secure and control your remote access
- Take command of everything
- Minimise downtime.
Core IT’s Dell SonicWALL also offers ‘SonicWALL Mobile Connect’ for mobiles – and a full range of other effective security solutions; including Network Firewall (UTM), Virtual Private Network (VPN) and anti-spam, anti virus and anti malware.
Malware is a particularly nasty category of malicious code that includes viruses, worms and Trojan horses.
Destructive malware uses popular communication tools such as emails and instant messages to infiltrate computer systems.
Another common way for malware to infiltrate your computer is when you unwittingly download virus-infected files from peer-to-peer connections.
And malware is very clever at exploiting any existing vulnerabilities on systems – thus making it hard to spot.
One clue to malware infiltration however, is if your system is processing at a slower rate than you are used to.
Finally, it is of course, highly recommended to use a reputable Internet security program such as Dell SonicWALL before transferring any unknown files to your system.
Or better still only ever transfer files received from well-known sources.
With Mike Peeters Media