With Thanksgiving around the corner, you are sure to be getting your camera ready to capture those special moments. But be watchful next week when you receive an email from a friend who is sending you pictures from their Turkey Day in an attachment or through a photo-share website. Why? You may open the attachment or click on the link only to have unknowingly downloaded malware that now allows someone unauthorized access to your computer. Sounds a little more Halloween than Thanksgiving, huh?
The sophistication of cyber criminals today has greatly evolved from the days of experimentation to highly-profitable cyber crime. Cyber criminals intend to use your machine (as part of their network of millions) for illegal activities and leave a trail so difficult to track that they are long gone before they are noticed.
These threats are real as I’ll explain more in future posts, but there are also many measures you can take to protect your business network and your personal computers. In the meantime, be safe, enjoy your turkey, and be sure to send me your favorite holiday photos too!