Malicious threats are becoming more prevalent, camouflaged and sophisticated.
Whether we connect to the internet for personal use or business, if we are affected by a virus such as the current GameOver Zeus virus that has infected more than 15,000 machines in the United Kingdom alone and nearly 250,000 worldwide we could be financially out of pocket and professionally compromised.
This computer virus has been designed by a criminal gang based in Russia and the Uktraine. The virus searches your computer system to gain access to banking and financial information. It is believed that this virus alone has been responsible for £60 million in losses to individuals and businesses.
In addition, this virus also distributes an aggressive program called CryptoLocker which encrypts files on a computer and then demands a ransom to release your computer from it. The ransom is about £300. If other financial information is obtained, they may obtain much larger sums.
The powers that be have temporarily stopped the virus but believe that this is only temporary and it may be active again in a couple of weeks.
Advice has been provided in the press including ensuring your computer has the latest operating systems and your anti-virus software is up to date.
I have decided to move away from the normal anti-virus software packages and have moved to Sophos UTM (Unified Threat Management) and my computers and laptops are now monitored remotely through a ‘managed endpoint service’ through my IT service supplier ASE Computers in Harrogate.
With this solution, I have a robust anti-virus package and the equivalent of an in-house internet/IT security department for protection of my network, email, web & web server, endpoint and wireless protection for just a few pounds a year.
ASE Computers, who provide this service to me, received an award at the Sophos Europe, Middle East and Africa Conference for ‘Best Newcomer 2013/14’ for service and solution delivery.
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For more information contact Tom Ellis at ASE Computers on 01423 870050 or visit their web site http://www.asecomputers.co.uk