Many users are not aware that viruses can still plague their personal or work computers. While increasingly advanced virus protection software coupled with professional IT services can protect computers from many attacks, innovative hackers can still create malicious programs that can wreak havoc on your systems. Here are some of the common reasons that people create viruses:
To Demonstrate Programming Skill
Often, viruses are merely the by-products of a talented programmer’s ego. Those who feel the need to demonstrate their prowess may create viruses to sneak by even the most powerful anti-viral software, for no other reason than personal satisfaction. Some of these viruses are merely annoying, while others can wreak havoc on your data.
To Perpetrate Identity Theft
Because people frequently make purchases online, credit card numbers, addresses, and even social security numbers may be stored in auto-complete data on your web browser. Also, viruses can be designed to intercept data you send to online merchants, which unscrupulous hackers can then use to steal your identity and make purchases with your credit cards.
To Engage in Illegal Downloading
Though the practice is illegal, many people still download copyrighted files including music, e-books, television episodes, and feature-length films. Because some companies have cracked down and sued online content pirates, smarter ones have begun to create viruses that allow them to download contraband content through your computer, so they themselves remain untraceable.
To Generate Revenue
Some viruses are more insidious—they may even pose as anti-viral programs, then provide fake alerts telling you that you have a virus and prompting you to pay for cleanup services. The creators of the virus then bill your card for the false product to make money for themselves.
Don’t lose your data to malicious software or fall victim to the so-called “Trojan horse” type computer viruses. With help from Nextrio, you can protect your business computers against this type of program. To learn more about our comprehensive, fully managed IT services, including safe cloud computing, call us today at (520) 545-7101