The danger of malware affects all computer users now a day, but it can also affect a business in ways that are far more devastating than a home computer. When a business computer get infected with malware it can bring the entire office to a crawling pace and keep the IT guy or girl running from cubicle to cubicle to get things straightened out again.
The problem in an office setting like a small business is the network that the computers run on. Usually these office computers are connected to the network and allow files, folders, and printers to be shared and used by all computers on the network. Sure there are some protections in place so one user can’t go snooping on another but this may not protect against some malware.
Once one person opens an attachment in an email that contains malware or a virus, that malware can install itself on that computer then multiply and spread to others on the network. It may even email itself without the user’s knowledge to everyone on the contacts list which probably includes about everyone in the office. Pretty soon your entire office is infected, and being shown pop up ads, slow computers, and a myriad of other problems. Imagine your entire office being shut down just because of one malware program that was installed. If you have an IT person they’ll need to scan and remove the malware on each computer and maybe even reinstall or restore computers to remove the malware.
To protect your business you need protection against these rogue threats such as malware and viruses. Just by educating your employees on the threat of malware and viruses that are delivered through email and malicious web pages will help deter the threat of these malicious software. Teach employees that attachments in email can contain malware and to be weary about opening emails from persons they don’t know. Also installing good and updated malware protection and virus protection on each office computer can stop the threat before it ever gets started. Remember that it must be kept up to date. Malware protection from that’s months old without an update won’t protect you against newer threats.