Malware And Ransomware – Advice On Avoiding It
Malware and ransomware are a potential threat to many organisations and private individuals. Knowing what it is and what to be aware of can in many cases prevent it from becoming a problem. Therefore, we will give you some good advice in the following section.
Malware is a designation for malicious programs that can be installed on your computer.
The name is a combination of the two words “malicious” and “software”.
The purpose is often that cybercriminals want access to your files – either to obtain personal information or to get money out of you and your organisation.
The word ransomware was developed likewise; a combination of “ransom” and “software”.
Ransomware is when cyber criminals require a ransom to unlock your encrypted files.
Many organisations face challenges because we as busy working people:
- Forget to back up our files
- Have little to no education in IT security
- Use the same passwords for all of our services
- Click on things on our screens without thinking of the potential consequences
- Forget to update programs
The good news is that there is a way you and your colleagues can become more cyber aware and therefore achieve better IT security. Start the dialogue with us today and learn more about how our e-learning about IT security can create value and prevent security breaches.
Finally, we would like to give you some good advice. You can protect yourself against malware and ransomware by:
- Backing up your files more often. This way, you can easily restore your files in case of an accident.
- Update your computer and programs regularly. You can set it to happen automatically
- Do not use public networks – they are way too easy to hack into
- Use a VPN connection when working from home or elsewhere
- Always consult with the IT department regarding the instalment of programs
- Do not click on links or open attached files from unknown senders
You can read more about cyber threats and cybersecurity on the Center for Cyber Security.