By P Rengai / Tech Pacific
In a workplace, school or home computer network setup, approximately 80% of the care provided to the computer network is employees and 20% is external. In other words, users of your computer network are more likely to infect your computers with ransomware, worms, bots, and computer viruses. Repairing this infection is expensive and time consuming. Below are some tips that you can implement to prevent hackers.
Ransomware protection – how to prevent infection
- Never click on unsafe links in live chat emails: Avoid clicking on links in spam messages or on unfamiliar websites. If you click on malicious links, an automatic download may be initiated which may lead to infection of your computer.
- Avoid Disclosing Personal Information: If you receive a call, text, or email from an untrusted source asking for personal information, do not respond. Cyber criminals planning a ransomware attack may try to collect personal information in advance, which is then used to specifically personalize phishing messages. If in doubt about the legitimacy of the message, contact the sender directly.
- Don’t open suspicious attachments: Ransomware can also find its way to your device through attachments. Avoid opening suspicious-looking email attachments. To make sure the email is trustworthy, pay close attention to the sender and verify that the address is correct. Never open attachments that prompt you to run macros to view them. If the attachment is infected, opening it runs a malicious macro that allows malware to control your computer. If you are unsure of an email attachment, do not open the attachment, contact the IT team directly.
- Never use unknown USB drives: Never connect USB drives or other storage media to your computer if you do not know where they came from. Cyber criminals may have infected the storage medium and placed it in a public place to trick someone into using it.
- Keep your programs and operating system up to date: Regularly updating programs and operating systems helps protect against malware. When performing updates, make sure you have the latest security fixes. This makes it harder for cyber criminals to exploit vulnerabilities in your programs.
- Use only known download sources: To minimize the risk of downloading ransomware, never download software or media files from unknown sites. Rely on verified and trustworthy sites for downloads. Websites of this type can be recognized by trust seals. Make sure the browser address bar of the page you are visiting uses “https” instead of “http”. A shield or padlock symbol in the address bar can also indicate that the page is secure. Also be careful when downloading something to your mobile device. You can trust the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, depending on your device.
Please ensure that these practices are followed to protect your systems from attack. If you detect any anomalies in the operation of your computer, please do not hesitate to contact your IT department to investigate.