Many organisations around the world and the critical systems they depend on were victims of malicious “WannaCrypt” software over the past few days.
This blog spells out the steps every individual and business should take to stay protected.
Some of the observed attacks use common phishing tactics including malicious attachments. Customers should use vigilance when opening documents from untrusted or unknown sources.
- Do not open attachments in emails or click on links unless you are absolutely certain that the email is legitimate. Even if the email seems to come from a person or company you recognise, be careful, it is very easy to “spoof” an email address.
- Keep your Windows up to date. IT Force provide a regular Windows Update (patching) service to our customers. Make sure to install the updates as soon as you are prompted and reboot when asked. We know that can be an irritant in the middle of a busy working day but it is very important and can save a lot of trouble in the long run.
- Make sure your Antivirus is up to date. It should happen automatically but if in doubt contact the IT Force Service Desk for advice.
- Stay away from illegal sharing / bit torrent sites (e.g. Movie downloads.) They are often major sources of viruses.
- Be careful with your smartphone and tablet as well as your computer. Make sure to install an antivirus on your device if possible.
Ransomware can be frightening, but there are other issues that can cause just as much destruction.
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