Have you heard that 2015 is the year of potentially unwanted software? We’ve been hitting all sides of the topic of ransomware because it’s accelerating and now the authors are getting more sophisticated in how they throw these viruses into your operating system.

How clever can these authors be? They can actually be quite clever and rather than focusing only on hardware it’s hitting applications too. Blue Coat, a security company has stated that this form of malware is getting more advanced.

There are more demands being made with this ransomware and it’s coming in various forms. Will the star attraction be international attacks or something even worse?

Today, we”ll share with you more details on what Blue Coat had to say, and we’ll also tell you what common mode failures means and what to do about them.

Risks of Potentially Unwanted Software

Whether it’s getting hacked through social media or email accounts, this is the year of potentially unwanted software (PUS) according to Blue Coat, a security company.

This term goes hand in hand with ransomware, and it’s likely that it’s only going to get more intense until there is a permanent fix.

The biggest challenge on the horizon is the common mode failures. This happens when OpenSSL, believed to be secure intercepts encrypted traffic.

While this often occurred on major sites like Yahoo!, it didn’t mean that anyone was prepared for what could happen. With unsecure code, vulnerabilities are always present. This is when malicious viruses like POODLE, Heartbleed, and even Shellshock occurred.

Ransomware isn’t the only kid on the block, but other viruses like these that can intercept encrypted code and rewrite it yield a valid threat. Big organizations like Sony, Staples, Michaels, and even Home Depot know that danger is lurking.

Here are a few reasons you could be at risk, outside of regular backup.

1. Data breaches. This included identity theft that occurred at the point of sale in large retailers. Consider how your organization could be backing up and using better antivirus software.

2. Ransomware. This is the type of virus that locks down files and won’t release the keys until the ransom has been paid.

3. PUPs. This means potentially unwanted programs. These malvertising programs can help determine if malware is present. Now that the authors of malware think they are free and clear, think again.

4. Windows XP. Last year, we warned you through several blog posts that the updates were critical in order to avoid vulnerabilities. However, many banks and other small businesses never made the upgrade. This is when hackers took the opportunity to move in and make their move.

There are so many ways attacks can be made when you least expect it. The best way to handle this is to prepare ahead and update when needed as well as get the proper antivirus program ahead of time.

At California Computer Services, we urge you to sit down with us so that we can help you make a full assessment of your network and find out what you are missing. It’s never too late to get the right protection for your small business.

If you would like to learn more about how you can protect your business from potentially unwanted software, please CONTACT US today to set up a consultation with our experts.




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