Almost all of us have been the victim of attempted security breaches. In many cases, these come in the form of malware or phishing. Malware is software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems and can be easily prevented through security software. Malware can come in many forms including a virus, a trojan horse, spyware or a worm. Many of these run in the background of your computer undetected and can be devastating for a business. They can cause a range of problems from taking your computers secure data to making your computer unusable.

Meanwhile, phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details. This is performed in several ways including impersonating a friend on email or Facebook or impersonating a website to get you to try to log in and enter your username and password. Over time phishing has become more efficient and harder to detect. They can be as obvious as a prince asking you to wire him money until his birthday next week or as obscure as an email imitating Chase or PayPal asking you to click a link to log in.

An easy way to avoid these phishing attempts is to check the grammar and spelling of emails and posts. Another way is to never log in through an email link, always log on to the company’s secure website directly and reach out to the company’s fraud department. Do not use the same password for your accounts and make sure your password is secure. If you think you may have run into one of these problem’s call TechHouse so we can begin checking for issues and securing your data.