Stop and think about this for a moment – when is the last time you updated the anti-malware or anti-virus program on your computer? If you’re like a lot of people, the answer isn’t necessarily the best one. Either 1) you aren’t sure (yikes!) or 2) you don’t have one (double yikes!!). If your answer was “an hour ago”, “yesterday”, or even “last week” then we applaud you! At the very least, you are aware of your anti-malware protection and working to keep it updated.
Malware attacks are on the rise and as cyber-criminals become more skilled, they start using new tactics that outdated anti-malware programs might not be able to stop. Brace yourself for some big numbers –
According to Norton, “cybercriminals will steal an estimated 33 billion records in 2023. That’s according to a 2018 study from Juniper Research. This compares with 12 billion records Juniper expects were swiped in 2018.
Records include personal information you share with various entities. It might include your name, address, credit card information, or Social Security number.
Here’s another statistic: Jupiter expects more than half of all data breaches globally to occur in the United States by 2023.” That’s crazy!
One of the best ways you can help combat these vicious attacks is by using a trusted anti-malware software on your computer and keeping it updated!! Check often for updates, or better yet, enable auto-updates if the program offers it.
Want to know what the IT professionals use?
Our team currently uses Webroot to protect ourselves and our customers. Webroot delivers multi-vector protection for endpoints and networks as well as threat intelligence services to protect businesses and individuals in today’s connected world.
So, go check your anti-malware or anti-virus program and make sure it is updated! Make all of your employees or co-workers do the same. Don’t let yourself be a target for cyber-criminals.
Check back next week as we share how we keep our employees educated with phishing tests and security awareness training. It only takes one employee clicking on a bad link to bring down your entire company!