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Malware Security Threats

Important security information We’re hearing about a significant increase in criminals using focused malware which is designed to steal your in

formation. Malware threats change all the time. They’ll generally start with you receiving a phishing email with a weblink or attachment like a document such as an invoice. When opening it installs the malware onto your computer. Watch out for emails that:

  • Contain links or attachments particularly if they are not expected eg. ones that are related to finance such as ‘Payment advice’. ‘Your invoice’, ‘Your receipt’,.

  • Are generic in nature ie. not personalised to you.

  • Have spelling or grammatical errors

  • Include attachments that prompt you to change or enable Office functions such as Macros

  • Have links or attachments that ask you to allow a program to run or ask you to authenticate

If you receive a suspicious email

  • Do not click on any links and don’t reply

  • Flag the email as junk mail with your internet Service Provider

  • Then delete the email

Keep yourself safe against malware

  • Keep your anti-virus software up to date and running

  • Backup your important information and store it offline

  • Watch for unusual activity such as the device running slow, ‘wait message’ on internet banking websites, or blank screens. These can be an indication that your computer has been infected with malware.

Financial institutions will never ask you for login details or financial information via email and they will never ask you to tell them or anyone else your password. If you’ve already opened an attachment or a link in a suspicious email and are experiencing unusual behaviour on your device, please report this to your IT support. If you do not have an IT specialist I can recommend Andre Southgate Sapphire Solutions Limited 09 378 9999. Andre has looked after all my business and personal IT requirements for many years.


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