Security Newsletter

Security Newsletter

It’s a new year and time for new resolutions! Whether you have a cliché, traditional resolution like deciding to cut out caffeine or something totally original like trying a new food each month, think of one that can not only improve your own life, but also the lives of everyone around you. We encourage you to come up with a work resolution in addition to your personal one!

One suggestion we have is to become informed and proactive about preventing ransomware attacks. Imagine this: You are working for what feels like months on a project. You are almost 90% done when you try to log on to your computer and you see a ransomware message. It’s one that commands you to pay $10,000 to get back onto your computer. Uh-oh! You did not back up your project! Now you are stuck, without all your hard work, and the deadline is approaching. Unfortunately, the situation occurred because one of your co-workers opened a malicious email. This is called “phishing” and it happens every day to people all over the world. This year, try to make your work-related resolution to get informed and help prevent your companies from being impacted by these types of attacks.

These three steps are common ways to prevent a ransomware attack, even if you don’t have much technical knowledge:
  1. Back up. In a perfect world, employees would back up their data once a day, but since this is not feasible in a lot of workspaces, try to back up your data once a week, or even once a month. Any backups are better than no backups.
  2. Avoid clicking on suspicious emails and links. Phishing attacks are one of the most common because it is easy to do, and they prey on the unaware user.
  3. Infected with malware already? Disconnect. This will prevent the malware from spreading. Also disconnect the WiFi and Bluetooth, as these can also spread malware.

 

By Matthew McCaffrey

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