Hackers Use Stolen Tools From the National Security Agency
DIY (Do-it-Yourself) antivirus and malware threat protection strategies are limited in protecting your personal computer, business computer or network. Most DIY’ers use software or a program. In many cases, an antivirus program can find and get rid of a computer virus or malware. When it alerts you to take action, you can follow the prompts and instructions of the application to remove it. However, the sophistication and reach of ransomware and malware computer infections and lockouts in the last year demonstrate that over the counter or downloadable online antivirus programs are not enough to protect your computer or network from an attack. According the New York Times, this is in part due to the fact that the current landscape of hacking pros are playing by a different set of rules than the antivirus software developers. They are “making use of dozens of hacking tools that were stolen from the National Security Agency and leaked online in April by a group called the Shadow Brokers (Nicole Perlroth, rk Scott and Sheera Frenkeljune, New York Times, Cyberattack Hits Ukraine Then Spreads, June 27th, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/technology/ransomware-hackers.html).” Unfortunately, hackers using these tools has been wide spread across the globe and their reach has been felt locally. A quick Google search on the topic can confirm this and I reported in my blog post last summer about a local medical related business that got hit by ransomware. So, what is a proactive consumer or business owner to do? Partner with RB’s Computer Service to access your needs and develop a comprehensive strategy.
Commercial Grade Firewall Routers, VPN’s, & Back-ups
RB’s Computer Service employs a number or strategies and solutions to protect personal computers, business computers or networks that go several steps further than those in a DIY antivirus tool box, such as commercial grade firewall routers, VPN’s, and managed back-ups. From businesses to college students, these solutions are affordable. In fact, we offer monthly Managed IT Services Agreements. For the price one pays for lunch each day of the week, in many cases, your “work from home computer,” school computer, or office network could be protected with a blend of these for minimal expense. Moreover, RB’s Computer Service staff regularly keeps up to date on emerging virus, malware and hacker threats so you don’t have to. To learn more about commercial grade firewall routers, read this blog post http://rbsmn.com/blog/page/3/, for VPN’s visit http://rbsmn.com/blog/ .
In the era of hackers using National Security Agency tools and ransomware, it is not just something that “happens over there,” but in fact has impacted at least one reported local business. A DIY antivirus action plan is probably not the best option to select if you want to be proactive in protecting your personal computer, business computer or network. If you need help determining your needs and selecting a program that makes the most sense for your business, contact me via phone or email: 763-441-3884, or firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to ransomware strategies, RB’s Computer Service sells the best commercial grade firewall routers, best laptop computers, best desktop computers, business computers, computer parts and computer monitors. We also provide managed IT services, computer repair, iPhone and smartphone repair and tablet repairs to customers and clients throughout central Minnesota and St. Cloud.