How Virus Attack Your Computer
A boot sector virus is one of the most dangerous viruses that a user could come across on their computer.
This type of virus infects the Master Boot Record (MBR) of hard disks.
The infected code runs every time the system is booted from an infected disk.
Previously, boot sector virus was used to infect floppy disks to ensure that the infection spread from device to device.
Today, however, boot sector viruses are inserted by programs known as rootkits that copy their code to the MBR.
They load up early in the booting process when the computer starts and hide their activities from antivirus.
They are not designed to infect removable media longer.
Virus Prevention for Remote Workers
With a remote workforce, you may be wondering how exactly you would be able to prevent your workforce from installing this type of infectious software to their work computers.
Because these types of software are primarily installed via physical media, it is important to provide your remote workforce with the knowledge and training required to prevent them from using any unknown hardware with their work computers. This should include strict policies regarding what type of physical storage media they are allowed to use on company provided computers.
Rootkits can be installed via attachments found in emails.
This is why it is important to educate your remote workforce and ensure that they are only opening company emails and scrutinizing any email from sources they are unfamiliar with.
How to Tackle Remote Working Computer Virus
If a boot sector virus is installed onto one of your organization’s devices, it will be important for you to ensure your IT team has access to a robust collection of remote working IT security assistance tools to help mitigate the risk that these types of viruses can pose to your workforce.
These tools will allow your team to assess issues remotely, take control of devices in your workforce’s homes, and resolve the issue quickly before it can become more of a problem.
These tools should be part of your larger IT security plan including regularly scheduled virus scans and the implementation of a remote working IT helpdesk for your remote workforce to create tickets should they suspect their system has been compromised.