Protecting Against Computer Threats
You may have seen the news this past weekend regarding Ransomware.
Criminal hackers have released a new strain of ransomware that has the ability to spread automatically across vulnerable workstations and servers in a network causing havoc with entire computer systems on a global scale. This is a good time to review some best practices on what we can all do to help protect against cyber threats including the “WannaCry” Ransomware that’s in the news this past weekend.
What is Ransomware?
What should I do to protect myself ?
What does it look like?
How can I prevent ransomware attacks?
There are steps that can be taken to protect against ransomware more generally. These include:
- Making sure anti-virus programs are monitored and kept up to date
- Ensure all software is kept patched and is currently supported by the vendor
- Retain sufficient backups of important data
- Scrutinize links and files contained in emails
- Only download software from trusted sources
What can you do to help?
- Be very careful when you get an email with an attachment; if you did not expect it or you don’t recognize the sender or it isn’t normal operating procedure for you to receive such an email – stop and question its validity. Always be diligent and aware
- In addition, if you receive an email from an unknown source or you question its intent, do not reply and do not click on any links in the message body. The intention of some email messages is to “phish” for information. Replying or clicking on the link can put your computer and company’s systems at risk
- In both cases above, disregard and delete is the best course of action
- Please contact Protocol for assistance and/or if you have questions. I have attached an email security sheet with information on how to recognize unwanted email
Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!”