The Overlooked Basics
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Malware and What to Do About It

12/28/2016 10:27:00 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 79

Malware and What to Do About It
All types of malware have one thing in common; they try to compromise the security of office computers. Malware is a term used for various types of cyber security risks, such as viruses, Trojan horses, worms, adware, ransomware, and spyware. Malware is malicious software that is engineered to allow hackers to search through dental practice data. All practice owners should learn to be proactive regarding a malware intrusion. 

Practice owners should be aware of some signs that can indicate a malware problem. Although practice owners might not know how malware penetrated their device, most of the time, the presence of malware is pretty obvious. Practice owners might notice a few changes on their computer, including strange ads or pop-up windows, changes to your browser, or even a slower computer. All signs should be taken seriously, and if you suspect that malware has been installed or penetrated your computer, turn off the computer immediately and disconnect the computer from the Internet.

Malware is usually installed unintentionally. Malware can be installed accidentally, just by clicking on a link. Sometimes seemingly harmless downloads, like screen savers, toolbars, and torrents, are likely suspects of malware. Malware, may cause greater problems once you get malware on your computer, which may include intrusions and more malware.

Malware may also be installed on your practice computers because your anti-virus/malware software is not updated. Having updated security features is just as important as having the security features in the first place. The best thing a dental practice owner can do is try and fix the problem as soon as any signs of malware are present. 

Below are some ways to avoid malware from being installed on your computer:
* Computer security always begins with anti-virus/malware software.
* Run periodic diagnostic scans with your anti-virus/malware software; you should run these scans at least once a week.
* Be aware of your behavior while using the Internet, if your gut is telling you something looks suspicious, don't click on it.
* Keep all your information safe with encryption firewalls, and protect all accounts with complex, and unique passwords.
Practice owners should stay proactive with their cyber security and be observant while using the Internet. 

December 28, 2016

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