Small Businesses Need To Make Sure They Keep Their Online Security Up To Date

The UK’s small firms need to make sure that they keep their IT systems and networks up to date and healthy and pay particular attention to their online security due to the growing threat from organised criminals and the more virulent forms of malware that are now being perpetrated.

That’s the message from the fixItlocal network – the UK-wide group of independent IT specialists that offers help and advice to small firms on a localised basis. Recent developments have made it even more important for firms to make sure that they are secure when the go online. Organised criminals are now targeting smaller businesses as well as larger firms and looking to steal bank account log-on details and other information which they can use in order to either steal money directly or perpetrate frauds.

In one recent and startling example, the so-called ‘Here You have’ Internet worm was spread via emails and when opened, linked the user to a malicious program that was capable of disabling all security settings on a PC and sending itself to all the contacts in the recipients address book.

In addition, the global economic downturn has increased the probability of attacks being made on firms as well as individuals, as criminals look to take advantage of reduced spending on IT security. The most recent annual Global State of Information Security Survey, which is conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in conjunction with CIO and CSO magazines, found that less than one third of UK companies (31 percent) are planning to increase spending on IT security over the next year – this compares to 52 percent globally.

John Carter, Director of the fixItlocal network, says that it is vitally important that all businesses make sure that their security is right up to date. “Digital security is a serious issue and it is something all businesses need to keep on top of but it is complicated and that’s why it’s always a good idea to call in your local resellers to perform a security and general IT and network health-check. There are many potential vulnerabilities and the nature of the threat is constantly changing so it’s vitally important to keep you systems and software right up to date.”

There are fixItlocal resellers all over the UK and any small businesses can find their nearest member can go to the website at www.fixitlocal.co.uk, and making use the post-code checker. Alternatively, they can simply dial 0844 844 0004 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0844 844 0004      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. All members of the fixItlocal network are experienced, established providers of IT solutions that provide PC health check, computer repairs and maintenance, IT support and a whole range of additional services to businesses in their local area. They can offer advice on PC networks and Apple Mac systems, on IT security and wireless networking, as well as the latest applications and technologies.





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