Tax Time Is Prime Time for Computer Viruses
Tax season already offers a bountiful supply of headaches and annoyances for small business owners: filing W-2s and 1099s, assembling financial information so the CPA can file the company's income tax return, and maybe having a bill or two to pay as recompense for all the work you've done. If years past are any indication, businesses and their employees also need to worry about crippling viruses, malware and phishing schemes.
Since the moment computer users could reach beyond their walls to the virtual world, malware (software designed to secretly access one's computer remotely) and computer viruses have flourished. Cyber scum always seems to stay just a step ahead of the latest Internet security protection , and businesses can probably expect a new wave with the coming tax season. But that doesn't mean the situation is hopeless.
Even though threats are going to increase, it's not doomsday or Armageddon, said David Marcus, director of security research for McAfee Labs. Marcus added that there are things that every business using computers can do to minimize their vulnerability.
But before one can fix a problem, one has to first identify the problem.
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