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Security Exploits Explained: Worms, Trojans, and Ransomware.

Posted by Kristi Baxter

As technology continues to expand, the risk of cyber-attacks continues to rise. In other words, as our computers get smarter, so do hackers. This is why it is important to educate yourself on how viruses can affect your systems. With the help of network security consulting, issues of cyber security breaches can be avoided.

As they say at Haber Group, technology serves the business, not the other way around. Understanding the methods of cybercriminals will help you get the most out of your technology.

Types of Security Exploits

Worms

The first type of security exploit is a computer worm. A worm is a form of malware that replicates itself to spread throughout computers. It can replicate itself without receiving help from a human. Here are some of the more dangerous effects of a worm.

  • They can change files or even add harmful software to a computer. 
  • Their goal is to eat all of the operating system files and data files. 

Since worms replicate themselves, they will begin to take up the free hard drive space on a computer. If you find you are seeing unexplained drops in hard drive space, sluggish computer speed, and missing or new files, your computer may have a worm.

Are you missing files that used to be on your computer? Missing files can mean that a worm has been deleting and replacing your files. If you see a consistent pattern of lost or altered files on your work computer, you should take action immediately and report the issue to your company’s IT department.

Trojans

Up next are Trojans. A Trojan is a type of malware that appears to be genuine or benign software at first glance. If allowed in, however, they are able to take over your computer without you knowing. Think of the story of the Trojan horse; it wants to gain entry on friendly terms, and then attack you from the inside.

A Trojan works to locate your data to steal, damage data, or perform any harmful actions to your network. Trojans can come in emails, insecure websites, pop-ups, and programs you download.

 If you see anything that you did not download, you may have a Trojan.

Ransomware

Lastly, we have Ransomware. Ransomware is malware that demands a ransom. This will typically be money from the computer owner if they wish to get back to their personal files. If a ransom is not paid, the victim is threatened that their personal data will be published.

When you get Ransomware, you will get a screen saying that you have been locked out until they are paid. 

Do not pay this. If you pay the money, it does not guarantee that you will not be locked out again.

To be sure this will not happen to you, you will need to contact a qualified and experienced network security professional, such as Haber Group.

What Can You Do About Security Exploits?

Network Security Consulting

Now that you know about security exploits, what can you do about them? This is where professionals come in.

Network security consultants are experts when it comes to computer security. When you hire them, they will be able to protect your computer. You will not have to worry about any of these malicious attacks happening to you.

This option is great for small to medium firms looking to have extra internet protection.

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