If you borrowed a floppy disc from a friend and popped it into your computer, you ran the risk of catching a computer virus.
The answer to this risk was simple: Most people installed antivirus software that protected their computers for them. And that was it.
But then two big things came along that changed everything: The internet – and greed.
You see, back in the day, most computer viruses were written for fun, and for the hacker to show off their skills. They were trying to break into computers and access information for the challenge, not the financial reward.
These days, hacking is a profession. And a very lucrative one for some. The internet has made it very easy to access hacking knowledge and powerful automated tools.
There’s also organised crime involved in modern day hacking. The criminals are systematic, thorough and ruthless with their attacks.
Believe us when we tell you that all businesses are being targeted by hackers all the time. The automated tools make this easy.
Don’t ever let anyone lull you into a false sense of wellbeing about your IT security.
We see cyber-attacks on businesses virtually every day. Mostly we see evidence of failed attacks, as the businesses we look after are well prepared and protected.
But occasionally we speak to business owners or managers we don’t (yet) look after, who’ve been successfully attacked. And the consequences can be devastating, depending on what has happened to them.
Anything that has been designed to steal your data or hurt your computer systems is now called malware – for “malicious software”.
There are a number of different ways you can be targeted. Being aware is the first defensive weapon.
Download our guide to the nine most terrifying kinds of malware.