As a nonprofit, you are the beating heart of society. But that does not make you immune from the headaches of doing business. One of those headaches involves IT.
What are some of the IT challenges nonprofits face? Here’s a quick rundown of issues we commonly deal with:
It’s fair to say though; the most dangerous IT issue facing nonprofits has to do with system security. All it takes is one breach for a nonprofit to lose credibility. Frequently, those breaches begin with spyware.
What is Spyware?
Spyware is software that infiltrates your computer system. It is considered one of the oldest and most widespread threats on the Internet due to the way it can be installed on your computer without your knowledge. The person(s) installing the spyware does not need physical access to your computer.
What Does Spyware Do?
Here’s where things get scary. Spyware can track every search you make any website you visit, every instant message or chat sent, anything you print, every document opened, and every software application that is used. Some spyware allows the bad guys to freeze, shut down, or restart your computers. Some even let them turn on your webcams to see what’s going on in your office.
Who’s Behind Spyware?
The people behind spyware usually want to track and sell information about your organization, including banking information and credit card numbers. They seek to steal the identities of individuals and businesses alike. Often, one group will gather the information and sell it to another.
Because spyware is installed without your knowledge, the crooks behind it are rarely caught and prosecuted. According to Norton Cyber Security, 978 million people in 20 countries were infected (and affected) by cybercrime in 2017. Globally, these people and organizations lost $172 billion U.S.
The fact that the people behind spyware are so good at what they do makes having professional nonprofit server support vital.
Types of Spyware
There are four primary types of spyware, with each trying to trick you uniquely. They are:
How to recognize spyware on your device
By its nature, spyware is meant to be deceptive and hard to find. But some clues can help you identify whether you’ve been infected. You may have a spyware issue if your computer shows these symptoms:
These symptoms are your sign that it’s time to call IT specialists for assistance, people who can tell whether spyware has attached itself to your organization’s system.
How Can We Prevent Spyware?
Although spyware developers continuously change up their attacks to keep you off balance, there are a few things you can do to prevent them from attaching their malware to your system.
If you have been infected with spyware, there are steps we can take to remove it and to protect you from being victimized by scammers again. We know that computer technology is not everyone’s forte and that IT can be confusing. That’s why we hope to be the IT experts you partner with to help your nonprofit flourish. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have.