Odds & Ends

Keep your computer safe – May 2017

Everyone has heard about the impact of the ransomware attack on the NHS – except it wasn’t an attack on the NHS: it’s taret is totally random.   Well – actually, the target is those who don’t engage in proper “computer housekeeping” and who believe that the internet is full of well-meaning people. (Mostly it is but that’s not much consolation!)

Key advice fif you want your computer to brush off such attacks is:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available  (especially- but not exclusively – Windows updates and  MS Office updates.)
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.
  • Dont click on links unless you are doubly confident they are from a totally reliable source.

 

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