Could Your Old PCs be Putting Your Business at Risk?


Here’s an example: An employee receives an email—apparently from a legitimate source—asking him to update an account password. As requested, he enters his old password and then types in a new one. Unfortunately, that’s all it takes for a hacker to steal $200,000 from his small business’s bank account, much of it unrecoverable. It’s a simple but extremely costly mistake, and it could happen to anyone. In fact, over the past few years, it’s been happening a lot. Did you know that some of the biggest security breaches in recent memory—including attacks on Sony, Target, and JPMorgan Chase—started with a phishing email sent to an employee?

If you own a business, you’re at risk. No matter how diligent you and your employees are about security, mistakes can happen. And the results can be disastrous. Virus protection and other software solutions—though useful and necessary—only get you so far, especially if your business is using PCs that are more than two years old. The problem is that software-only security solutions from even a few years ago can’t keep up with today’s cybercriminals and are not sufficient to protect your devices and vital business data.

So what can you do to stay safe? Don’t rely on software alone. You need your hardware to do the heavy lifting.

What You Can Do to Make Your Business More Secure

New desktops with at least 4th generation Intel Core processors have hardware-enhanced security features that allow hardware and software to work together, protecting your business from malware and securing the important, private data and content you create and share. Features such as Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT), Intel® Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI), and others are crucial to making your business more secure.

With hackers working around the clock to identify the next potential victim, it’s more important than ever for you to prioritize security. Read the new Intel white paper to learn more about what’s at risk, five new hardware-enhanced security features that help combat cybercrime, and why replacing your pre-2013 PC is a smart move.

In the meantime, join the conversation using #IntelDesktop, and get ready to rediscover the desktop.


This is the fifth installment of the Desktop World Tech Innovation Series.

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