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The Latest Computer Viruses to Threaten Your PC

Published May 17, 2021

The Latest Computer Viruses to Threaten Your PC

AI-based attacks are on the rise. Ransomware is an ever-increasing threat and every organization is a target. Cybercriminal gangs are using more sophisticated methods than ever.

Is your IT support structure really secure and protected against these and other threats?

Computer threats are constantly evolving and adapting to bypass weak lines of defense. To avoid attacks that cost your business precious time and money, you need to be prepared. Keep reading for the latest computer viruses putting your business at risk in 2021. 

Computer Viruses 101: The Basics

Viruses are used by cybercriminals to gain unauthorized access to your computer system. This is done to access sensitive information and passwords and can cause significant damage to your computer system. 

Malware is a broad term for these viruses, encompassing multiple methods of deception to gain access to your computer. Like the technology it targets, malware is constantly evolving and the means of infiltration are becoming more sophisticated and harder to detect. 

2021 will most likely see a significant rise in certain threats and newer, more cunning ways of executing them. Here are a few of the risks to look out for when it comes to cybersecurity. 

A Resurgence of Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that shuts down or encrypts certain operating systems and files within your computer until a ransom is paid to the hackers. 

As businesses continue to move more of their operations online to adapt to COVID regulations, a ransomware attack could be devastating. No matter the size of your organization, you’re at risk. In fact, 2020 saw a 40% surge in ransomware attacks globally. And 2021 is expected to be worse. 

Ransomware comes in many shapes and forms. It’s also incredibly dangerous for businesses, as once one computer is compromised, the entire network is at risk. 

Common culprits include Clop Ransomware, Cyborg, and Jokeroo. These target Windows operating systems in particular. 

Sneaky Malware

COVID-19 has led to a surge in misinformation and hackers are taking advantage. Hackers will often hide malware in links disguised as important COVID-related information.

popular phishing scam in 2020 saw hackers sending emails, supposedly from the WHO, containing dangerous malware. Cybercriminals will undoubtedly continue to take advantage of the panic caused by the pandemic in 2021. 

High-Risk IoT

IoT or Internet of Things is a term referring to technology that is enhanced with internet connectivity. IoT has been a trend in business for a while now, but did you know that they pose a huge risk to your cybersecurity? 

By design, IoT has poor security features. Because of this IoT creates a gateway for hackers to access your entire network. Smart offices may be the future, but smart objects need to be monitored closely to prevent attacks. 

Protecting Your Business Against the Latest Computer Viruses

It’s easy to take precautions on an individual level: don’t click on any dodgy links or provide any personal information online. But when it comes to businesses, a compulsory cybersecurity workshop for your employees just won’t cut it. You need a comprehensive, round-the-clock management system.

The bottom line is online privacy, security, and anonymity are of utmost importance. You should have a dynamic approach to cybersecurity. Entrust the experts to stay on top of the latest threats and protect your business from the latest computer viruses.

The best solution to protect your business is to invest in an IT management system that you can trust. For more information on keeping your business secure, and other IT-related requests, get in touch today! 

Pegasus Technologies is the IT Team for organizations that don’t need a full-time IT department. Our technology experts build you a technology plan to keep your business running at its best. We have offices in Kennett Square, PA, Media, PA, and Wayne, PA to provide better computer support and IT services to you.

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Jason Daugherty
jdaugherty@pegtec.com

Jason Daugherty, Systems Administrator. Originally from West Grove, PA, Jason Daugherty is a Tier 3 support professional with 20 years in IT and Managed Services experience. He specializes in Microsoft and Fortinet technologies and is Fortinet NSE4 certified.