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Ransomware: Tips to Keep Your Computer Safe

Stories of ransomware and other forms of malicious software attacking businesses have been on the rise in recent years.

This makes it more important than ever that you take certain precautions in order to ensure that your data is secure. To help get you started, here are a few tips on steps you can take to protect your business’s digital security.

Perform Automatic Backups

Backing up your company’s data is one of the most important things you can do. Regular backups ensure that you are protected in the event that your computer crashes, or in the event that you fall prey to a ransomware attack, as this will allow you to reset your system.

You can either perform weekly backups manually, or you can use a program that will perform regular backups for you on a regular basis to an external hard drive or a cloud-based storage service.

Don’t Open Suspicious Emails

In order to protect yourself from falling subject to a ransomware attack, you should be careful not to open emails from suspicious senders, as these emails may include malicious software disguised as an important link or attachment.

However, it is often difficult to differentiate malicious emails from genuine emails sent from an unknown sender. It is then important that you use a quality spam filter that will help to prevent malicious content from ending up in your inbox.

Perform Updates When Prompted

Sometimes it can seem easier to ignore those reminders you receive regarding system updates rather than take the time out of your day to allow your computer to update these programs. However, it is critical that you make time to perform updates to your operating system and programs on your computers, as these updates often contain important security patches.

Without these updates, your computer may be more vulnerable to hackers, leaving your data at risk. It is then best to allow your computer to perform these updates as soon as possible after you receive a reminder to do so.

These are just a few of the steps you can take to protect your business from malicious software.

Contact us for more advice, and look out for our next computer tip of the day.

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