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May 2017

Ransomware – So you weren’t caught... this time.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, which unfortunately is becoming increasing common.

As a firm that embraces IT, we take computer threats very seriously and adopt strict rules to safeguard our business from cyber criminals. We’d like to share with you some of our Do’s and Don’ts, to assist you from falling victim to the current – and future – wave of infections.

Preventive actions

No one method alone will protect you from an attack, but, by adopting the best practices described below, you can help to eliminate many of the methods adopted by cyber criminals:

1) Train your users to spot bad emails, i.e. look for bad spelling/grammar, and hover your mouse over included links to see where they would take you.

2) Keep your business systems fully updated by installing the latest software updates

3) Ensure that you have adequate antivirus protection, both on your devices and on any email services you use, e.g. subscribe to a service such as EveryCloud to scan your emails for spam, viruses and infomail.

4) Backup your data and ensure that your backups are taken offsite. Furthermore, don’t leave your backup devices constantly connected; as they can also be affected during an infection and be rendered useless. As well as taking backups, check that the backups are completely recoverable at least once a month.

5) Ensure your passwords are strong and are not used for any other service/website. Password managers such as LastPass and Dashlane are very capable and offer to encrypt your passwords, to stop them from being compromised in the event that you’re infected.

Now might be a good time to review the Operating Systems you use and look to upgrade your workstations/servers to the latest versions. Many people think that you need to pay full price for the latest hardware when refurbished systems, with Windows 10 pre-installed, are more than capable and cost significantly less.

If you’d like further advice on how to prevent your business and data from becoming the next victim, as well as advice on various methods of backing up your data, please contact us and we would be happy to help.

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