After the recent ransom attack on NHS data, we all need to feel safe! Suddenly, we started thinking that we should go back to remember the basics and revise the things we know and ensure that we apply them. So, what were the basics?
Well, lesson one: Keep your Windows Operating Systems up-to-date. The latest attack (Wannacrypt ransomware) could have been prevented if users applied Microsoft security updates of March 2017.
Lesson two: Always check that your anti-virus system is active, updated and in place. 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.
Lesson three: 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.
Lesson four: Your password needs to be a strong one; i.e. a combination of symbols, letters, numbers and a minimum eight characters. No children’s, partners’ names or date of birth. They are easy to guess. Good practice, as well, is to change your password every 6 months.
Lesson five: We know that we shouldn’t open emails from people we don’t know, don’t we? If we suspect the email then we should delete it. We know that the troubled friend who is, out of the blue, emailing us to tell us that, he took a sudden trip to the other side of the world and needs help, is not genuine. And definitely the uncle who we never knew had died and left us millions is far from the truth. Don’t open any attachment or links if you are not sure of the source. Better, delete the email. To save your friends, call them to check they are okay and ask your relatives if the uncle is real.
From our experience in working over 20 years in the field, we know that viruses, hackers and ransom attacks do happen! But we also know that we can protect our data. Don’t take risks. If you need help or you need to discuss or set up your recovery plan we are happy to help.