Stop and check what you are downloading before you download it. Don’t assume that all emails that are sent to you are safe to download, no matter who the sender is. It is better to be cautious then sorry. Removing viruses can be very frustrating and costly for you.
There is a new method that has become prominent for hackers to inflict all kinds of malware onto your computer, involving the use of delivery companies and the most well-known ones at that. They convince the victim that they have missed a delivery, the victim downloads the zip file from the email and before they know it there is malware on their computer. Hackers are using companies as well known as UPS and FedEx to get malware onto your computer. People are falling into the trap of trusting these emails and downloading the files.
The lesson from this new method used by hackers are using to get into your computer is to use good online common sense and awareness. Don’t download, install and trust files if you have no idea what they are for. Pay special attention to the actual email address that the email is sent from, make sure that is matches up for example if the email is from FedEx make sure that the email address is @fedex.com. Due to the increased improvement in online and electronic security, hacking attempts like this will only occur due to human error and carelessness.
Ensure that your online security software is regularly updated with the latest patches and updates. Have the latest security software, web browsers and operating systems on computers. Install key software updates as soon as they become available and set antivirus to run a scan after each update and run full system scans on a regular basis. This is a relatively straight forward step and is a strong defense against malware, viruses and any other online threats that are constantly changing. It is important to remember and train your employees to be careful when downloading certain emails. Your current IT services team should be informing employees which types of files they should not be downloading. It is important that your IT support team provides you with this information as the main cause of malware being inflicted on your computers is due to human carelessness. You should regularly run a antivirus scan on your computer and remove any viruses that are detected. Also it is important to keep up to date with any potential email scams that are going around the internet.