GameOver Zeus: What You Need To Know

There is a new form of malware set to infiltrate computers worldwide, potentially stealing millions of pounds from bank accounts. It affects both PCs and Macs, so it’s important you know what to do.

GameOver Zeus is a piece of malicious software inadvertently installed onto your computer via phishing emails. The software can lie dormant on your machine  before it begins to intercept any financial transactions made online, effectively stealing your money.

The National Crime Agency has given computer users just two weeks to prepare and protect themselves from the attack. It’s common sense to be vigilant of any emails you receive from now on, but the software may have already been installed onto your machine in the past. That’s why it’s vital that you have secure antivirus software, as well as a cloud backup system in place to protect your data.

At Nexus, we recommend AVG Virus and Malware Protection for PC, and Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac. We also recommend that you use a cloud backup service, so that in the event that you’re affected by GameOver Zeus, your data is protected at all times.

Ensure that your computer is up to date, so check Windows Update for PCs and Software Update for Macs.  You should also change your passwords, and not just for online banking. To be completely safe, consider changing the passwords for your email, social networks and other services that require signing in.

It’s also a good idea to set up a separate administrator account, and change your main account to a standard user. You should only use the administrator account for updates and installations – changes are much less likely to be made to your computer when using a standard account.

GameOver Zeus could be extremely dangerous for computer users, but with the right protection, you should be able to fight it. If you’d be interested in AVG, Kaspersky or a cloud backup system, call Nexus today on 01753 884 700.


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