With the New Year underway, new technology risks must be taken into consideration as you plan your IT initiatives for 2017. And new viruses continue to emerge, including one that poses malicious threats to your personal and business data.

This scary new virus goes by the name Popcorn Time and uses a shocking pyramid scheme-style system to increase infections. The software transforms victims of hacking into attackers by offering them a way to bypass paying ransom — if they willingly pass on the active link to their contacts and two or more of them install it, infecting their computers.

Though you may feel helpless against IT attacks like Popcorn Time, it’s important to be proactive in protecting your personal and business data against such viruses. Use common sense: don’t click on any link in an email without checking it first, and don’t open attachments from unfamiliar senders.

It’s imperative that small and medium-size businesses have reliable and regular data backups in place — that’s where CMIT Solutions comes in. If you’re interested in learning more about the services that CMIT Solutions provides to small-and medium-sized businesses across North America, please click here.