If you are aware of possible threats to your company’s data you can take action and try to prevent them with the use of anti-virus software programs or firewalls to protect valuable information from being stolen. Protection from viruses prevents hackers from stealing usernames, passwords and financial information. It is best not to open emails that may possibly be malicious. Data leaks are also becoming more and more common. Taking steps to prevent this from happening costs less than trying to retrieve the information that is stolen.

Spam

Spam is unsolicited junk mail that, if opened, can possibly lead to a virus. If your computer has a virus, computer hackers can steal valuable information from the company. The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 states that companies are not allowed to send misleading emails with headers that trick a recipient into opening the email. Anti-virus programs filter emails and sends spam into a spam box that should be deleted each day.

Phishers

Phishers send fraudulent emails claiming they are a reputable company, then ask for private information such as social security numbers, usernames, passwords and even credit card account numbers and banking information. Once the company gives out this information a hacker can place a program on the computer that allows them to record each keystroke. They can then access personal information and may even sell financial information to others. Entrepreneurs wrote a great article on what you should do when your company’s data has been stolen by hackers.

Viruses

A virus can enter a computer system through fraudulent emails and downloads leaving a computer open to hackers who can steal company information. To protect your computer from viruses, use an anti-virus program that tracks and filters fraudulent emails and downloads. Trojans are a type of virus that can cause havoc with your company’s computer, often costing your business valuable time and money to hire an IT to fix the problem. Trojans are a stand-alone file or program that say they are a legitimate company. They can duplicate themselves, harm hosting computer systems and steal valuable information.

Corrupted Data

When a hard drive crashes the data it contains becomes corrupted. IT experts can recover corrupted data from a hard drive, although it does take time to do this. There are also data loss recovery systems that can be used to quickly solve the problem. Small business back up systems are used to back up all data entered in the course of a day so that valuable information can be saved on a disc. Computer back up systems save information if the hard drive crashes or if the computer fails when there is a power outage.

Virus firewalls offer security from inbound and outbound emails that may contain viruses. They also work to prevent data loss. Anti-virus protection software programs protect businesses from hackers who can steal usernames, passwords, social security numbers, bank and credit account numbers and other types of valuable information that could lead to identity theft.