Do you want to keep your data safe? then it is worth your while to follow these rules:
1. Keep your Windows Operating Systems up-to-date. That big attack (Wannacrypt ransomware) could have been prevented if users applied Microsoft security updates in time.
2. Always check that your anti-virus system is in place, active and updated. If you don’t know how to do that, there are engineers to help you set up and check the validity of your anti-virus system.
3. Always and always back up your data. If an attack happens, you are likely to lose your data. The only way to recover your data is to restore the old one. Always check your back up system and restoration procedure.
4. Your passwords need to be a strong ones; i.e. a combination of symbols, letters, numbers and a minimum eight characters. No children’s, partners’ names or dates of birth. They are easy to guess. Good practice as well, is to change your password every 6 months.
5. Do not open emails from people you don’t know. If you suspect the email then you should delete it. Don’t open any attachments or links if you are not sure of the source. Better, delete it.
6. Ensure that your firewall is properly setup. A firewall is software or firmware that enforces a set of rules about what data packets will be allowed to enter or leave your computer/ network in order to protect it from unauthorized access.
7. Consider using Privacy mode. This is a feature in some web browsers to disable browsing history and the web cache. This allows a person to browse the Web without storing local data that could be retrieved at a later date. Without private browsing your search history in the form of cookies are saved, so search engines you use such as Google can collect data to make ads more personalised, and promotions to things you were looking at earlier. With private browsing, you can minimize the amount of targeted advertising/promotions. It is also a MUST if you surf the Web in public spaces. Private browsing adds an additional layer of privacy to your online activity.
From our experience in working for over 20 years in the field, we know that viruses, hacking and ransom attacks do happen. But we also know that we can help you protect your data. Don’t take risks. We are happy to help, If you need to discuss or set up your recovery plan .