Worms, viruses, spyware, and Trojan horse. You’re probably familiar with a few of the most common security threats to businesses. Even if they have different names, they all fall under one category, a malicious software called malware. Knowing what this threat is and how it works is the first step to preventing it from bring your business down. With an expert IT team help your company, you can protect your business against malware.

What is malware?

Malware includes any software program that is created to carry out unauthorized actions on the computer, smartphone or tablet of another user. Here are a few things you need to know.

- There are over 5,000 malware attacks every day.
- It takes 25 days to resolve an average malware attack.
- A malware attack costs the affected business at least $3 million.
- More than 60% of the legitimate but compromised websites expose computers to malware.

How does malware work?

There are several ways a malware can disrupt a small business. A malware can do any of the following:

- Take full control of all the software running on your computer
- Take over your computer
- Change or delete all your files
- Steal confidential information
- Send malicious emails
- Install pop up messages that says your computer has been compromised
- Reformat your system and cause loss of information