Much like the human body, your computer is susceptible to infection. Such infections can come in the form of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, keystroke loggers, or other types of malware (these infections are often incorrectly lumped together under the term, “virus”). But what are these infections, why are they dangerous, and what can you do to protect your computer?
All computer infections can be placed into the category of malware, or malicious software; this simply means that the program in question was designed to damage your computer or disrupt its normal processes in some way. In order to differentiate among them, one must look at how the program does its damage.
A virus acts by attaching itself to a program that is already installed on your computer. Every time you run that program, the virus runs as well—giving it free reign to replicate itself and wreak havoc on your machine, often attaching itself to emails to spread to other computers.
A worm is similar to a virus, but it is unique in that it does not need to use another program in order to operate.
A Trojan horse is malware disguised as a helpful program. Unlike viruses, Trojan horses do not replicate once downloaded. Rather, they are often used by hackers to gain remote access to a system. A keystroke logger is a specific type of malware that records the keystrokes of the infected computer, often allowing the perpetrator of the malware to glean credit card numbers, as well as other types of personal information.
What all of these types of infections have in common is that once they have established themselves on your computer, they have the ability to (as well as the intent to) corrupt sensitive information and compromise your business.
GeekTek’s managed IT services includes a centrally monitored antivirus and malware protection suite that is continually updated, keeping your PCs and servers fully protected. It is unobtrusive and zero-maintenance, silently working in the background, keeping you safe. It stops threats before they reach your network.
While you focus on running your business, GeekTek will monitor your computers for threats on an ongoing basis. This includes filtering your email for spam and viruses, managing your firewall, and keeping your antivirus protection up to date. With the experts at GeekTek monitoring computer security, your business is free to focus on what it does best.