What do people know about your business? You’d hope it’s just the kind of things you’d be comfortable with them knowing. It’s not about you having something to hide, but you will have confidential information that isn’t supposed to be shared with unauthorised third parties.
It’s a fact of life that just as legitimate technology expands and develops, so cybercriminals mirror this with developments of their own. Spyware is software that is designed to gather information without the consent of the person or organisation it’s gathering it from. When used maliciously its presence will be hidden from the system on which it’s installed.
Typically, spyware can collect a wide range of data, from personal information based on internet surfing habits to logins and confidential financial and account information. Spyware is effective when it can install itself successfully on a system, hiding itself from users and exploiting the system’s own vulnerabilities.
Symptoms of a spyware infection include erratic computer behaviour and a downturn in how a system is performing. The way the system runs may become noticeably less stable with frequent crashes and interruptions and applications freezing or not working.
These kinds of symptoms alone pose a business threat in that they interfere with day-to-day running of business systems, and are likely to cause significant downtime. But the biggest threat is from the spyware’s malicious information-gathering. Security is an ongoing IT issue and spyware infections are a big part of it.
You shouldn’t ignore, or attempt to live with, persistent performance problems when it comes to your IT.
Performance issues could be symptomatic of spyware infection, and as with an actual, physical illness, your best course of action is to get a proper diagnosis.
San-iT has an experienced team of engineers who will tackle all aspects of IT support in Manchester and the North West. We can diagnose the problem and find the right cure, and ensure that your systems are secure for the future.