As a home user or small business, and with the recent cyber-attacks in the news daily, you may be wondering how you can protect yourself and/or your organisation against Ransomware attacks. We’ve detailed below some handy tips to take into account, but first let’s delve into a little bit of background…

What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software that allows cyber criminals to lock down or encrypt your device (mobile or desktop). Cyber criminals will use Ransomware to take money from you before they allow you access to your device again. Ransomware can come in many forms, but one of the most common is a genuine looking email from what appears to be a well-known source – be vigilant in what you click!

So, what can you do for little to no cost, that will help protect you from attackers?

  1. Computer Updates: Make sure you install all of the latest software and app updates on your device – they’re usually free! The updates often contain security upgrades which help keep your devices safe from viruses and hackers.
  2. Anti-Virus Software: Install anti-virus software on your devices and configure it to automatically update. Run a full system scan often to check for any malware. Most Anti-Virus Software is relatively cheap, and can be purchased as a direct download or on disc.
  3. Backup Your Data: This one is vital. Backup devices/services are not expensive and can offer valuable solutions if your computer or device was infected – they are usually disconnected from your computer, so if you were to gain an infection they would remain useable.

There you have it, 3 quick and easy tips to help you stay safe.

Want to know more?

HBRF are hosting 2 seminar events on June 8th, where key speakers will be going through extremely useful ways to protect yourself online. For more information on the events, including locations, speakers and times, visit our Events Page and book your place!

If you are a business, charity or other organisation which is currently suffering a live cyber-attack, please call 0300 123 2040 immediately. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber-crime, please report it to Action Fraud at Actionfraud.police.uk.