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reminder to anyone using the internet.
a global ransomware incident which took place yesterday we’re reminding
businesses and individuals how they can protect themselves from
ransomware and what they should do if they become a victim.
How to protect
not click on links, or open any attachments, you receive in unsolicited
emails or SMS messages. The links may lead to malicious websites and any
attachments could be infected with malware.
install software updates as soon as they’re available. Whether you’re
updating the operating system or an application, the update will often
include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
Install anti-virus software on your computer and mobile devices, and keep
it updated. Bear in mind that ransomware can often be picked up by
visiting disreputable sites including illegal movie streaming websites
and some adult sites
Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive,
memory stick or online storage provider. It’s important that the device
you back up to isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware
infection could spread to that too.
think you may have been a victim:
the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre on 0300 123 2040.
advice is available from ActionFraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk
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