Podcast: 9 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

10/13/2016

Podcast: 9 Ways to Avoid Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware, a form of malware used by cyber criminals to freeze your computer or mobile device, steals your data and demands a “ransom” before control of your device is released. Ransomware can affect individual computers or laptops, enterprise networks and or servers used by government agencies, financial institutions and healthcare providers.

In this episode of our In Your Interest podcast, we look at nine tips you can use to keep your personal and business files safe from ransomware attacks.

Show Notes:

  • Don’t click on suspicious links in email messages or websites.
  • Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date (operating systems, app updates, anti-virus updates, etc). 
  • Enable popup blockers to avert unwanted ads, popups or browser malware from appearing on your computer screen.
  • Educate your employees through strong security programs and education.
  • Restrict users’ ability to install and run software applications on network devices.
  • Employ an offline data backup and recovery plan for all critical information.
  • Make sure all business devices are up to date.
  • Contact your local FBI field office immediately to report a ransomware event and request assistance. Visit https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field to locate the office nearest you.

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